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1. Read the text
2. Understand the vocabulary
3. Watch the news
A Nigerian man survives 62 hours underwater, in a shipwreck’s air bubble. 29-year-old Harrison Okene was sure he was going to die… until a rescuers’ flashlight pierced through the darkness.
– He’s alive! He’s alive!
– All right just keep him there. Keep him there.
A tugboat had capsized off the coast of Nigeria in May, while stabilizing an oil tanker filling up at a Chevron platform. Of the 12 people on board, divers recovered 10 dead bodies. The ship’s cook had not been found – until this moment, captured in recently emerged video.
– Tell him to keep drinking his water. Where’s his water? Drink it buddy, drink it. He hasn’t drunken much eh?
-Nah he’s almost finished it
– Oh he’s almost finished it, ok sorry. Tell him to… what’s wrong with him?
– He says it’s cold.
– What’s cold, the water? Yeah. He says the water’s cold.
After the ordeal, Okene spent another 60 hours in a decompression chamber where his body pressure was returned to normal.
Rescuer – to save (someone or something) from danger or harm.
Flashlight – a small electric light that can be carried in your hand and that runs on batteries.
Pierced – to go through or into (something) in a forceful or noticeable way.
Tugboat – a small, powerful boat that is used for pulling and pushing ships especially into harbors or up rivers.
Capsized – to turn over : to turn so that the bottom is on top.
Diver – a person who dives into water.
Emerged – to become known or apparent.
Buddy – a close friend — used especially to describe men or boys who are friends.
Decompression – to release or reduce the physical pressure on something.
Chamber – a room used for a special purpose.