Distracted newsreader plunges into freezing canal while texting boyfriend in Britain

London, Jan 25: A newsreader in Britain was so engrossed in texting her boyfriend that she walked straight into a freezing canal, and the hilarious episode was captured on camera.

CCTV footage showed Laura Safe, 27, who joked that she should change her name to ‘Unsafe – plunging into the icy water of the canal in Birmingham’.

According to the Daily Mail, a heroic passer-by, 34-year-old Neil Edginton, rushed to Safe’s help as she flailed about in the water, watched by open-mouthed diners at the city’s Mailbox complex.

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

After she was saved, Safe tweeted: ‘Oh dear. I should really be called Laura UNsafe after the day I’ve had! Lol.’

The newsreader also praised Edginton for saving her, ‘Baywatch style’.

Edginton, from Solihull, is a director at the company that developed the Mailbox complex where Miss Safe tumbled into the water.

Following her topple, she spent over an hour drying off and staff at the pizza restaurant even gave her a spare pair of shoes to wear.

Safe, who has been reading the news on the radio station for several months, phoned her rescuer on-air to thank him for his heroic efforts, the report added. (ANI)