In the middle of a river - level 3
This is the moment two children were rescued from an ice floe on a frozen river in Russia. Emergency services saved the youths who'd become stranded on the moving ice near the eastern city of Khabarovsk.
A helicopter and hovercraft were dispatched to the scene after they received a distress call about the incident on the Osinovaya River. Initially, rescuers were unable to reach the children who stood at the edge of the ice. They ended up using the hovercraft to pick them up and bring them to safety. Both children were unharmed and were handed over to local police to find out where they lived.
Officials have issued a warning to residents to be careful and respect safety guidelines in the area. They said the winter ice on the river had not yet fully formed and was still dangerously thin.
Difficult words: youth (a young person), stranded (stuck; not able to leave), hovercraft (a vehicle that travels just above the surface of land or water), dispatch (to send), distress call (to ask for help for somebody is in danger), issue (to make known formally), resident (a person who resides – lives somewhere).
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