Gotta soak 'em all! Pokemon Go hunter falls into pond while playing

But a Brooklyn player's cell phone is the only casualty when this guy takes a brief dive.

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The Pokemon Go website is careful to warn players not to get distracted, saying, "For safety's sake, never play Pokemon Go when you're on your bike, driving a

Maybe the site should add "while walking anywhere near a body of water." One Brooklyn player intent on the game found that out the hard way early Tuesday. He explains it in his YouTube video, and it's pretty simple. "I was in Prospect Park walking towards a lure....I fell into a pond." (Video contains swearing, but then, wouldn't you swear if you suddenly fell into a pond?)

The player's at least kept a good attitude about it, explaining to a YouTube commenter how he live-streamed his splash to both YouTube and Twitch. "With both mediums going at once, I was able to have plenty of people watch me fall into a lake."

In an email, he provided a few more details. "In terms of the actual fall, the reason I wasn't able to see the pond was because it was extremely dark and the pond was covered in moss," he explained. "At midnight in Prospect Park, a moss-filled pond and a grassy area look the same."

He's physically OK, but his phone is a little worse for meeting up with the water. "It actually stayed on for about a minute after I fell in, then turned off," he said. "After being in rice for (about) 5 hours, I was able to plug it in and turn it on but the charge wasn't holding and some of the buttons weren't working. I put it back in the rice and will be trying it again tonight!" Hey, maybe the phone wanted a Pokemon break anyway.

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Update, July 13 at 2:35 p.m. PT: Adds new comments from the Brooklyn Pokemon Go player.