Posted by: Idioma Extra | February 10, 2010

Wednesday’s News

The Weird and the Wonderful

Dog rescued after 100-mile journey on ice floe
Sailors spot chilly canine ‘struggling not to fall into water’ in Baltic Sea

WARSAW, Poland – A dog had a lucky escape when a boat rescued him from an ice floe that had carried him more than 100 miles up a river and out onto the Baltic Sea.

“My crew saw… a shape moving on the water and we immediately decided to get closer to check if it was a dog or maybe a seal relaxing on the ice,” said Jan Joachim, senior officer aboard the Baltica.

“As we got closer to the ice floe we saw that it was a dog struggling not to fall into the water.”

Ship engineer Adam Buczynski managed to scoop the dog off the floe onto an inflatable dinghy and wrapped him in a blanket.

“He didn’t even squeal. There was just fear in his big eyes,” said Buczynski.

‘Right place at the right time’
The dog was first seen on the ice floe some 70 miles inland to the south on the Vistula river but firemen were unable to rescue him. When the Baltica crew found him, he had already drifted some 18 miles out to sea.

“We were in the right place at the right time,” said Joachim, noting that they rescued him shortly before nightfall.

Crew members are now trying to locate the dog’s owner.

Poland is in the grip of bitterly cold weather, with night temperatures in some areas falling as low as -31 Fahrenheit.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: strug·gle
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): strug·gled; strug·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\
Etymology: Middle English struglen
Date: 14th century
1 : to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition <struggling with the problem>
2 : to proceed with difficulty or with great effort <struggled through the high grass> <struggling to make a living>
strug·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

More Vocabulary

Crew: n. The whole company belonging to a ship, sometimes including the officers and master
Dinghy: n. a small boat carried on or towed behind a larger boat as a tender or a lifeboat
Drift: v. to become driven or carried along (as by a current of water, wind or air)
Ice floe: n. a usually large flat free mass of floating sea ice
Scoop: v. to pick up quickly or surreptitiously with or as if with a sweep of the hand
Spot: v. to detect, notice
Squeal: v. to make a shrill cry or noise

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Check back next week for phrasal verbs!


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