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A Scary Experience At Sea

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Anne, Jacky and Troy got into a small dinghy. They were on their way to St John's Island, where they heard that they could do some great outdoor activities. The dinghy belonged to Jacky's father, a part-time fisherman who only fished on weekends. Since Jacky was capable in handling the small boat, his father had lent him the boat for the trip out at sea with his friends.

The dinghy had a small engine, which Jacky's father had fixed himself. The engine took some coaxing before it could actually get started but Anne and Troy were patient. They were much more excited about the fun they would have when they reached the island. Before they knew it, all of them were out at sea riding the waves.

The island was within sight and the children had almost reached it when the winds grew fierce and strong. The waves became choppy and the small boat was tossed about as if it were a paper boat in a bathtub. Jacky was sure of himself and handed out the life jackets to Anne and Troy. He saw that the island was within swimming distance so he was not too worried.

Just as he was about to give Anne and Troy instructions on how to get to St John's Island, a huge wave swept from under the boat and threw all three children and their belongings overboard. They screamed as the boat capsized. However, their life jackets helped to keep them afloat.

Jacky got into action and quickly gathered their belongings so that they were within reach. He looked around and saw that both Anne and Troy were fine. Then, he pointed in the direction of the island and the children paddled their way there with their hands. At least they knew that they only had a short distance to shore and they were relieved.

     
dinghy   a small boat
     
coaxing   persuading
     
choppy   rough and violent
     
 
 
 

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