A woman spends 14 hours on top of her car – level 2

01-02-2024 07:00

In northern California, a woman faced a dangerous 15-hour situation after her pickup truck overturned in a river during heavy rain.

A helicopter team from the California Highway Patrol Air Operations started a daring rescue. They lifted the woman from the rushing waters using a harness. The woman wanted to cross Del Valle Creek, about 35 miles east of San Francisco, but she got stuck. She spent the night on top of her car, which probably saved her life. She survived with minor injuries.

A similar incident took place in 2012 on the same creek.

Difficult words: daring (bold and brave), harness (a piece of equipment which you fit under your arms or around the body to keep safe or in place), creek (a stream).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What survival techniques could the woman have used during her 15-hour ordeal in the overturned pickup truck?


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