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Klett-Verlag Stuttgart: Learning English - Red Line 5, p.12 f.

Different exercises to practise some "Reading Comprehension Strategies":
Can you read this story?

The pilot's choice
 
The rescue se  pl  ne flew down below the r  instorm. Then it levelled out over the  ngry w  ter of the cor  l se  , 
e  st of the Queensl  nd co  st of  ustr  li  . Br  dy looked t his copilot's worried f  ce. Wh  t right did he h  ve to risk the lives of his men? It w  s still more th  n hundred miles to the cr  sh   re    where   n Orion h  d gone down two hours before. With this wind it would be very h  rd to go b  ck south to their b  se   t  J  ckson    toll.
Just then the radio operator shouted, "The radio's gone out. We can't contact the base!" Brady looked back at him. "Try to fix it. We'll need it, " he said. Then he turned to Tyler, his copilot, and asked, "How far off course are we?" Tyler checked the map. "About fifty miles east, I think." Brady knew the position was a guess. Fifty miles now might be a hundred miles when they reached the rescue area. "We'll have to work out a ewcourse," he said.

AnhourlaterBradyhadtheseaplaneovertherescueareaTheoceanlookedemptyTheyallstareddownatthegreywater

TheywerelookingforayellowlifeboatsomewherebelowTheplaneturnedandflewbackoverthesearchareathenitturne

dagainandagainThreemorehoursoffuelItwouldtakeatleasttwohourstogetbackthroughthestormtothebaseBradysa

tbackinhisseatItwasalmostoverThey'ddonetheirjobtheyhadmadethesearchNobodycouldhavedonemoreSuddenl

yaredlightshoneintheseathenitwentoutBradysatupinhisseatItcouldonlybeonething-asignalHeflewstraighttothepla

cewherehehadseenthelight-downtowardstheseaFiftyfeetabovethewavestheseaplaneflewovertheboatOnemans

atontheboatandwavedastheplanecircledTheothermanwaslyingdownBradywasreadytodropfoodandclothesButh

estoppedThosethingswouldn'thelpmuchBradycircledlowerAfterfifteenfeetthewavesweretouchingtheseaplaneBr

adyknewthathismenwerewaiting.


 
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The plane dropped onto ..... ocean with an awful ...... Tyler unfastened his seat-belt ..... went into the back ..... a rope. The plane ..... as a wave broke ..... it. Behind Brady the radio ...... and the two mechanics ..... standing in water. They ..... trying to stop the ...... which had opened in ..... side of the plane. ..... saw the rope as ..... flew out to the ......

Another wave hit the ....., and the engine almost ...... The water was getting ...... Brady looked back and ..... that Tyler was pulling ..... second man out of ..... boat and into the ...... Tyler climbed back into ..... seat. "Let's go," Brady ...... The plane fought its ..... through one wave. Then ..... wall of water hit ..... from the side, and ..... engine stopped. Now seven ...... were on the ocean, ..... just two.

Outside, the water was almost as high as Brady's window. Brady looked back. The others were watching him. He looked at Tyler. Tyler's eyes were fixed on the grey waves. Water began to come in through the window. The plane sank lower. "Come on, Brady," Tyler said.
 
At three hundred feet Tyler took over. Tired, Brady went into the back of the plane. He wanted to see if the two men from the boat were OK. Then the job would be done.
 
The first two waves were not very high. Then Brady saw the mountain of water that was moving towards them. He felt cold with terror. Almost instinctively he turned the plane around in the same direction as the huge wave. The water moved down under the plane and then lifted it up...
 
As the plane was riding on top of the wave, Brady managed to start the engine again. Then a side current hit the wave, and the plane was thrown into the air. It hung above the water for a minute, before Brady levelled out and climbed slowly to safety.
...... back, ....... men ....... lying ........ .......other ....... drinking ...... coffee. "Thanks," ......."Glad ..... made ......" "Yeah," Brady ...... "....... glad ..... all ..... ...... Your friend .... right?" "....... OK". "...... doctor ....... base," Brady ......... "...... there ....... two hours. Jackson Atoll ......." .... man stared ....... "....n't ..... message ...... sent from base radio?" "Message?" "....... last hour. ... ..... wave hit Jackson - ...... base .... .... water. .... .... men there ... off ..... .. ......" "...... radio's out." .. .. .. .. ... ".. - .. how ... you ... ... message?" "... ...... emergency set .. .. boat." Brady ... back .. .. ... seat. ".... .. .. map," .. .. ... ".... ... .. .. .. .. .. nearest place in Queensland." (60/131)
. at the . - at the little .... that was ..... ....... If he had ..... up the ......, the two ... would still be ..... on the ..... ..... and the ...... would be somewhere over the .... that used to be .. ... - without a .... But there would be no ...., only the grey ..... They would have ....... for .... until their .... had no more ..... Then they would have ... into the ........
Now the two ... from the .... were ..... in the ... of the ..... And there was just enough .... to ... to .... They were all ...., because the .... had ... the ..... .... .... something which he had .... once. Not about .... About .. and how .. .. each other. No ..... is an ....... (94/141)

Solution: The complete text "The pilot's choice"
See the notes (circle) on this text "No man is an island"


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