In the Middle of a River – level 3

23-07-2020 15:00

Emergency services in Russia came to rescue two children stranded on an ice floe.

Emergency services dispatched a helicopter and a hovercraft to the scene near the eastern city of Khabarovsk after they received a distress call about the incident on the Osinovaya River.

Initially, the rescuers were unable to reach the children who stood at the edge of the ice, so the rescuers ended up using the hovercraft to pick them up and bring them to safety. Both children were unharmed. Officials have issued a warning that the winter ice on the river had not yet fully formed and was still dangerously thin.

Difficult words:  stranded (stuck; not able to leave), ice floe (a sheet of floating ice), dispatch (send) hovercraft (a vehicle that travels just above the surface of land or water), distress call (to ask for help for somebody is in danger), issue (officially make known).

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