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Man Rescued From Floating Bubble

dateline: 07 October 2014

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • hydro pod: an inflatable vehicle designed to float on water
  • locator beacon: an emergency device that sends a radio alert identifying a person’s exact location
  • activate: to start
  • exile: a person who has been forced to leave his/her home country for political reasons or as punishment for a crime
  • endurance: the ability to withstand something for a long time
  • fatigued: tired
  • disoriented: lost

Man Rescued From Floating Bubble

A man floating in a homemade hydro pod was rescued by the US last week after activating his locator beacon. Reza Baluchi is an Iranian exile who lives in the US. His mission was to run from Florida to Bermuda in his giant inflatable bubble to and awareness for his charity to help the “world’s children”. Baluchi, an endurance runner, planned to live on and fish and hoped to make it through the dangerous . His journey ended a few days after it began when he became fatigued and disoriented.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Where is Reza Baluchi from?
    2. What was Baluchi’s mission?
    3. Why did Baluchi activate his locator beacon?

Discussion Questions:¬†Emergency rescues cost taxpayers a lot of money. Do you think dare devils, such as Baluchi, should be responsible for “footing the bill”?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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