Ming and Alex were two mischievous little
boys who loved to run and play outdoors. They were always getting into trouble
because they never listened to their mother who often told them not to play
dangerous games. Today was no exception. The boys thought it was a good idea to
swim in the canal that ran beside their school.
They were clever enough to
strip from their uniforms after lessons.
This way, their mother would never know that they had been swimming in the muddy
waters of the canal. They jumped into the filthy water and splashed around
happily. They pushed each other, forcing each other's head into the water. One
time, Alex became carried away. He played dangerously, holding Ming's head under
the water for long periods of time. When Alex let of of Ming, he became
terrified when Ming did not surface. Alex, who was the better swimmer of the
two, dived deep into the water. He pulled Ming up from the water. He knew they
were now in serious trouble.
Alex tried to revive Ming by pumping his chest and moving his arms. Luckily,
Ming had not gone under the water for long, so the movements helped. He was soon
coughing. Alex called home and told his mother the whole story. She rushed down
and brought Ming to the hospital at once. This time, Ming was saved.