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Girl falls off hoverboard, plunges into pool to save it

Technically Incorrect: It's all very well having a hoverboard. But you have to learn how to ride it and how to keep it safe. This isn't always easy.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Steady as she goes? Not quite.

Mark Malone; YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Hoverboards descended upon last year's CES and left an indelible mark.

Somehow, these boards that don't hover became the one gadget to truly fascinate the masses in 2015.

That doesn't mean they're a good thing, especially as some hoverboards have burst into flames.

This hasn't stopped delighted users rolling down streets to impress bystanders.

Hoverboards aren't necessarily simple to ride, however. This is proved by a video posted to YouTube.

The poster, Mark Malone, said his video features his sister in her early hoverboarding stages on Christmas Day.

She's practicing near a pool. She begins tentatively. Then she sticks out her arms, as if ready to perform a ski jump.

She rolls along successfully, even performing a turn. But then disaster strikes. Yes, she falls off. The bigger disaster, however, befalls the hoverboard.

It rolls into the pool. The girl pauses for only a moment. Then she dives in to save it.

You must decide whether the remedial action she takes is appropriate. You must consider what you'd have done in her painful situation.

Then you must wonder whether the board survived the ordeal. We may never know. But we can know what this unfortunate ballet looks like when it's done to music.

Hoverboards have become so essential to so many that Russell Crowe took to Twitter to vent anger that his children weren't allowed to take them on the family's vacation flight. (Many airlines banned hoverboards as a fire risk.)

And they keep coming. At CES, hoverboard maker Swagway presented its new Swagtron hoverboard. This has Bluetooth speakers (so vital). Helpfully, the makers claim it won't explode.

Will kids and hoverboards soon go their separate ways? I doubt it. Until the next fine invention comes along, of course.