Michigan Mom Falls Off Pier While Texting, Offers Warning to Others

Bonnie Miller returned to the scene of the incident to share her story with the local news.

Teens are often criticized and warned against texting while driving, walking, chewing gum, you name it.  A recent story out of Benton Harbor, Mich., though has one mom turning her own embarrassing gaffe into a lesson to warn everyone of distracted texting.

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Bonnie Miller was walking on a Lake Michigan pier in St. Joseph with her husband and son on Monday night, according to ABC 57. It only took a three word text and she was in the water. ABC 57 has more:

“I had set an appointment for the wrong time and so I sent about three words,” Miller described.  “Next thing you know it was the water.”

Miller explained she didn’t realize how close she was to the edge of the pier, she then stumbled after tripping over something and tumbled over into the water.  She and her family estimate she fell at least six-feet into the water.

“Quinn said he just heard me say ‘Oh God’ and then a splash,” she explained.  “When you’re down there and the water is very low and all you see is pier.”

Miller was having trouble staying afloat, her husband Greg jumped into action and dove into the water after her.

“It was very chaotic for a bit,” Greg Miller described.  “I just went for it and gave her a big push towards the side of the channel there.”

Michigan Mom Falls Off Pier While Texting, Offers Warning to Others

ABC 57 reporter shows how easy it would be to get distracted and fall off the pier.

Other bystanders jumped in to help Miller as well.

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Watch the report:

Instead of keeping quiet about the incident, even though Miller said she is “really quiet embarrassed,” she wanted to pipe up to first thank those who helped her out of the water and also to offer a word of warning to multi-tasking texters:

“I couldn’t let pride stand in my way of warning other people to not drive and text or walk and text,” Miller explained.  “It can be dangerous.”

ABC 57 reports that the local police, coast guard, firefighters and state police were called to the scene. Miller, aside from a little blow to her pride, was not seriously injured.

[H/T Gizmodo]