If you’re in a bathtub full of water, it’s probably not a good idea to have charging electronics near you — even if it is your iPhone.
A Russian woman is now dead after her iPhone fell in the tub while she was bathing.
Olesya Semenova was found dead by her roommate in their Arkhangelsk apartment. The woman tried to revive her before contacting emergency responders.
“I screamed, shook her, but she was pale, not breathing, and showing no signs of life,” her roommate told the emergency operator. She claimed that she felt an “electric shock” when she touched Semenova and that her iPhone 8 was in the water next to her charging.
Paramedics confirmed that Semenova was electrocuted to death after her phone fell in the water while plugged into an outlet.
“The tragedy reminds us once again that water and an electrical device connected to the electricity grid are incompatible,” the Russian Emergency Ministry said following the incident.
Normally, if one were to drop any late series iPhone in water, not much would happen. Although an iPhone 8 isn’t waterproof, it is resistant to damage in 3 feet of water for close to 30 minutes. But if it’s hooked up to an electrical source, it becomes a conductor and should be kept away from any water.
“The same applies to any mobile device. If you drown a smartphone, the worst thing is its failure,” the ministry continued. “But when it is connected to the network, we see what the consequences are.”
We know a lot of people who charge their phone while they’re in the bathroom — whether it be while they shower, wash their face, or whatever. We’ll definitely be more careful from now on.