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Homem de 92 anos é salvo agarrado a corda em rio

Transcript

Clinging on for dear life.

Ninety-two-year-old Colombian Roberto Blanco was taking a nap by a flooded river when he was washed into the torrent.

He grabbed a cable hanging under a bridge and held tight as passers by and police carried out a precarious rescue operation.

Back on dry land, Roberto took time to speak to reporters, looking none the worse for his ordeal.

Transcrição em português

Agarrando-se à vida.

O colombiano Roberto Blanco, de 92 anos, estava tirando uma soneca ao lado de um rio inundado quando foi levado pela correnteza.

Ele agarrou um cabo que estava pendurado sob uma ponte e o segurou firme enquanto pessoas que passavam pelo local e a polícia promoviam uma operação de resgate precária.

De volta à terra firme, Roberto ainda passou tempo conversando com repórteres, parecendo não ter sido afetado pela experiência difícil.

Vocabulary

for dear life (à vida) - using all your strength or effort to avoid danger or serious trouble

taking a nap (tirando uma soneca) - having a short sleep

passers by (pessoas que passavam pelo local) - people going by a particular place

precarious (precário) - dangerous, because not firmly fixed or likely to fall

none the worse (não afetado) - not damaged or harmed (by something)

Exercise

for dear life / taking a nap / passers by / precarious / none the worse

1. Firefighters said once the pony was out of the pool it was quickly dried off and led back to his paddock, cold and wet but _________ for his escapade.

2. "I wasn't keen on getting on the back of a motorbike, whizzing down the road, hanging on _________. No, there's nothing like a scooter."

3. On the subsequent flight, his co-pilot asked if he could _________, which the pilot approved. But then the pilot fell asleep too - for about 10 minutes.

4. "They had to be winched off the rocks by the helicopter. It was a _________ and dangerous rescue."

5. A group of residents from the Isle of Wight have begun a campaign for a permanent memorial to a well known cat.

Smudge spent much of his life at the bus stop outside his home in Shanklin and became a favourite with commuters, schoolchildren and _________.

Answers

Source: Jersey firefighters rescure pony from swimming pool http://bbc.in/1eKwl7I

2. "I wasn't keen on getting on the back of a motorbike, whizzing down the road, hanging on for dear life. No, there's nothing like a scooter."

Source: Maureen Lear: Essex grandmother fuels scooter passion http://bbc.in/16gejkA

3. On the subsequent flight, his co-pilot asked if he could take a nap, which the pilot approved. But then the pilot fell asleep too - for about 10 minutes.

Source: One in five pilots 'suffers cockpit fatigue' http://bbc.in/188rMNb

4. "They had to be winched off the rocks by the helicopter. It was a precarious and dangerous rescue."

Source: Seven rescued as boat hits rocks http://bbc.in/1el4cmz

5. A group of residents from the Isle of Wight have begun a campaign for a permanent memorial to a well known cat.

Smudge spent much of his life at the bus stop outside his home in Shanklin and became a favourite with commuters, schoolchildren and passers by.

Source: Memorial plan for Shanklin 'bus stop cat' http://bbc.in/1dldI6n