Man Dies After Falling Into Freezing Chicago River While Trying to Retrieve His Cellphone

A woman who tried to save him is also presumed dead

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A police officer stops to photograph the cracked ice in the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois, December 19, 2013.

A Minnesota man died after he attempted to save his cellphone from the icy waters of the Chicago River early Monday, CBS Chicago reports. After dropping his phone into the water alongside the city’s Riverwalk area, the 26-year-old climbed over the railing and soon fell into the river.

Witnesses who heard cries for help called 911. The man’s two friends also jumped in after him but were unable to save him. One of them, a 23-year-old male, was hospitalized and is now in stable condition. The other, a 21-year-old female, remains missing and is presumed dead, police said. As of 2 p.m. Monday, her body hadn’t been found.

The victims’ names have not been released. Let this be a reminder: if your phone falls onto the subway tracks, into an icy river or somewhere else where danger is lurking, it’s really just not worth it.

(h/t Gawker)

6 comments
eagle11772
eagle11772

It shows you how much we value our celfones.  We put a lot of information on them, and we become emotionally attached to these devices. 

JohnKovacich
JohnKovacich

Q: so why did the man jump into the river??

A to get to the other side.


Openminded1
Openminded1

What a dumb ass falls in to a frozen river for a cell phone. Then two friends trying to save him jump in and one female dies and the other is in serious condition.  The old adage that birds of a feather flock together is true  in this case. 3 people  with no common sense nor intelligence, must be 3 college graduates.

DeanCarlsen
DeanCarlsen

@Openminded1 Well, you were spot on until you just had to make a snarky remark about college grads.