January 13, 2014 8:17 pm -

He jumped into the icy Chicago River, as if the phone would have worked after water damage.

The 26-year-old unidentified St. Paul man reportedly dropped his cellphone in the river while walking near the Riverwalk with two friends.

Authorities say the man then lunged toward the phone and jumped over the security railing, ultimately landing in the freezing cold river.

The man’s two companions quickly jumped in after him, but were unsuccessful in their attempt to save him.

The cellphone owner and another male, 23, were ultimately pulled out of the water by diver rescue teams. The 23-year-old remains hospitalized in stable condition.

A 21-year-old female who jumped in the water remains missing and is presumed dead.

D.B. Hirsch
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