Girl gets stuck in a storm drain trying to rescue fallen BlackBerry

Girl gets stuck in a storm drain trying to rescue fallen BlackBerry
What lengths would you go to rescue your beloved smartphone? In the United Kingdom, 16-year-old Ella Birchenough of Dover, Kent, was willing to jump into a storm drain to rescue hers.

Ella was walking down the street talking with a friend while handling her phone.  When she tried to put her phone in her pocket. She missed her pocket, dropped her phone, and it skipped into the storm drain at the side of the road.

“I thought to myself, ‘I’m not leaving this,’” she told reporters. She then proceeded to climb down into the drain feet first in an effort to retrieve the phone with her feet. Her attempt to secure the BlackBerry failed, but then she had a new problem, she could not lift herself out of the drain.

Ella had a good sense of humor over the whole thing, “I wasn’t really even stuck, I just need somebody to help lift me out but my mum got all panicky.” Taxi operator, Joanne (we presume Ella’s mother), was initially really worried, “I was in a panic…I ran out of the house, turned the corner – but as soon as I saw her I burst out laughing.”

Kent Fire and Rescue were able to lift Ella safely out of the drain and she was not hurt in the ordeal, but sadly, her BlackBerry did not survive. It was recovered, broken. The good news is that the local morning TV program gave Ella a brand new replacement the next day, an iPhone. As for Ella herself, her mom summed it up nicely, “She is never going to live this down now. We will be bringing it out at her 18th birthday and her wedding.”


sources: SWNS.com and @Kent_999s (Twitter and photo credits)

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72 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Looks like a marketing trick to attract more attention! :D

5. stealthd unregistered

Besides the fact that's kind of insane, it's more likely the news agency made more than enough ad revenue to buy her a new phone.

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

She needs to hit the gym, her guts too big. If she did dips on the regular, like the jedster, she coulda got out on her own. As long as she's ok though.

37. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I would say so too but they replaced the blackberry with an iPhone. I doubt Apple would be so nice. Just another slap in the face for blackberry by the people.

2. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

I would swim the Atlantic Ocean for my iPhone.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

In or across or? In, is not much of a challenge. Across would be but that only show the depths of disproportionate reasoning between capability an cost extremes derived from fad an stigma. Oh wait, you swallowed..never mind.

16. johnehms09

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

ahaha..chill

49. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

Nice...lol

20. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Hope you drown.

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I must be buzzed/pickled.. Reading your post an trying not to laugh is impossible. +1 You got the hateraid growlies brother.

44. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

hope he drowns,,,, I don't see a big thing and why it's so great and what is it that people like there iPhones so much,,,,? Just an app launcher phone.

34. SleepingOz unregistered

What for? It'd be already dead anyway.

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's so many apps in the App Store, there's bound to be one to help you.

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

She gave them a show. They give her a phone. Deal.

15. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

make sense:)

4. stealthd unregistered

The original article says "phone" in the title and "Blackberry" in the article, where did PA get the idea she had an iPhone?

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Reading is fundamental...

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

True! :D

22. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Yeah, both sources we cited shared conflicting information. We looked at a few more sites and found the same conflicts. Switched it to BlackBerry.

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

So you saw conflicting information but you still decided to use iPhone version? Does I correct understood you? Do you care about news quality on PhoneArena.com or it doesn't matter what PhoneArena readers read because the main point is just to reach daily rate no matter what to write? :D For me it looks like disrespect for PhoneArena readers! :((( Bad Maxwell, bad! Fu fu fu! :D

6. nightfury

Posts: 77; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

dude her b**bs got her stuck down there..36DDDD :)

8. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

LOOL dude thats what i was thinking

63. qbyrd21 unregistered

thought same thing... she cant be 16

27. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

and she is 16 year only...! God Gifted !!!!

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

For me she looks like 36 not 16 :D

40. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I would have broken out the water hose for a wet tee shirt contest. Would have won "hands down".

52. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Guess the press don't realize HER BIG boobs r blocking her way to get her phone B-) British women have nice big boobs afterglow

9. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

so essentially, if i drop my Z1 down the drain and get stuck trying to get it, someones gonna buy me a Z2 when it comes out?

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Nah only if you were a girl and your phone wasnt a waterproof one. Btw what happened to your a4e.

14. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i got banned after like 20 mins somehow, didnt even get an email as to why

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