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dateline: 27 June 2018

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Thai Teens Trapped in Flooded Caves

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • trapped: having no way out
  • flooded: filled with water
  • complex: a structure that has many parts
  • Navy SEAL: military unit trained in air, land, and sea missions
  • hampered: delayed or blocked
  • cling to hope: to hold onto hope even when the situation is very bad
  • off limits: not to be used

Thai Teens Trapped in Flooded Caves

A group of 12 boys and their 25-year-old football (soccer) coach went missing on Saturday and are believed to be trapped in a flooded cave complex in northern . The caves span about 10 kilometres under a mountain. Approximately 1,000 people are working on the mission, including Navy SEAL divers and volunteers. Attempts to drain water from the caves have been hampered due to heavy rainfall in the area. Relatives cling to hope knowing that the boys, who range in age from 11ā€“16, are strong and had food with them and probably have access to water. The boys have also been in the cave complex several times before. The caves are off limits at this time of year due to the dangers of .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is missing?
  2. Where are they believed to be trapped?
  3. What is making the rescue mission so difficult?

Discussion Questions

Why do people like exploring caves? Are you adventurous enough to explore a cave? What are the dangers besides flooding?

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Written and recorded 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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