The Register's coverage added that there may have been sharks in the water.
But I have to add that there was one difference between this and most of the other "distracted by tech" stories I've read. In this case, at least the woman just came right out and admitted she screwed up. She didn't blame the tech, or her unfamiliarity with the area, or the sun in her eyes, or the government for putting an ocean right where people are going to stumble over it by accident. How often do you see people doing that these days?
She also didn't panic when she fell in, but did the best thing she could, lie still and wait for rescue. Training or natural aplomb? I'm somewhat impressed either way.
Sure, laugh at her mistake. But give her credit, she handled it well and owned up. If she hadn't, you'd have made fun of her attempts to shift the blame. Since she did, credit where credit is due, please.
I suggest that these two be sent to North Dakota for six months.
I choose North Dakota because I've been there. Granted it's been 40 years since I've been there, maybe they've all turned into asshats or something while I've been away. But I doubt it. Really, any low-population area should do.
My experience is that the people there consider being said "hello" to by a stranger is a good excuse to stop and have a conversation. You know, a friendly one where you may actually get to meet somebody interesting.
The officers will either come back with a new appreciation for saying "hello" to strangers, or they'll go totally bugnuts. Either way, problem solved.
Assuming, of course, that they don't just decide to stay there.
I think the fingerprint thing is more of a gimmick than real security. Especially since the phone is specifically designed to encourage you to leave your fingerprint on the glass.
That said, as long as you don't have somebody following you around collecting fingerprints and waiting to steal your phone, it's simple enough to defeat. Just use, say, your off-hand pinky for the scan, and put a matte case on the phone.