Quirky News

  • 25 January 2013, 11:01

Texting newsreader walks into canal

A newsreader has been caught on CCTV walking straight into a freezing canal as she texted her boyfriend.

Laura Safe, 27, plunged into the icy water of the canal outside the Mailbox shopping and leisure complex in Birmingham.

Passer-by, Neil Edginton, 34, rushed to Miss Safe's aid as she flailed about in the water, watched by open-mouthed diners, and pulled her out.

The Capital FM Breakfast Show newsreader emerged unharmed and merely embarrassed at falling into the water in front of so many onlookers.

"I thought ice on the canal was pavement because it looked dark in the corner of my eye," she said.

"I heard a man called out "stop" to me and I looked up at him, but it was too late by that point.

"I tried to get my balance and ended up slipping into the canal. But not before I'd saved my handbag and mobile phone."

After her fall, Miss Safe tweeted: "Oh dear. I should really be called Laura UNsafe after the day I've had! Lol."

Miss Safe, who has been reading the news on the radio station for several months, later phoned her rescuer on-air to thank him for his heroic efforts.