‘I have never been more scared in my entire life’: Mom describes the terrifying moment she and her seven-year-old son drifted miles off the Florida coast in an inflatable SWAN
・Tara Myers and her son were lounging on their brand new inflatable swan raft
・The water at Anna Maria island had been calm, with no wind or waves that day
・But within minutes Tara realized she and her son were drifting farther and farther
・She tried to swim against the current, paddling and kicking hard, but to no avail
・Thankfully beachgoers spotted them drifting away and immediately called 911
To lounge (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to lie, sit, or lean in a relaxed or lazy way “というふうに記載されていますね。
She was lounging on the beach.
Teenage boys were lounging against the wall.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” a simple flat boat made by tying long pieces of wood together “と、 ” a small light boat made of rubber or plastic “というふうに記載されていますね。
to no avail (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” without any success or any effect: “というふうに記載されていますね。フォーマルな表現です。
The students asked the school to help them raise the money, but to no avail.
His words of encouragement were to no avail.
What was supposed to be a nice day at the beach turned into a nightmare for a mom and her seven-year-old son after they drifted miles off the Florida coast.
Tara Myers and her son were lounging on their brand new inflatable swan raft when she quickly realized they were in trouble.
The mother had taken the new giant raft to enjoy a day at Anna Maria island.
At first, there was no wind and no waves. It seemed like the perfect conditions to bring out the family’s new beach toy.
be supposed to do/be something (phrase)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to be expected or intended to happen in a particular way or to have a particular result ” です。
The new regulations are supposed to help single parents.
Today was supposed to have been sunny, but it’s raining.
But within minutes, Tara and her son realized they were several miles off shore.
‘I was not sure if we were going to keep drifting because land just kept getting farther and farther and farther away,’ she told WFLA.
‘You feel very small and can’t be heard or seen. Totally invisible.’
Tara tried to swim against the current, paddling hard and kicking her feet to try and get the swan to move forward. But it wasn’t enough.
That’s when the mother really started to panic, even questioning if she and her son would survive.
‘I have never been more scared in my entire life,’ she said. ‘I was just exhausted, and we were not going anywhere.’
As Tara tried to remain calm in front of her son and come up with a plan, fellow beachgoers had thankfully seen them drifting away and called 911.
The mother cried tears of relief when she saw a West Manatee Fire Rescue boat.
‘I literally just laid down on that swan float and cried,’ she said. ‘This could have ended so much worse, and I didn’t want him to know that I was that scared.’
The minute they got to shore, Tara made sure the swan could never be used again.
Her son took his shark tooth necklace and used it to puncture a hole in the raft.
Tara was flooded with relief when she saw the swan deflate. A firefighter then threw it into a dumpster.
To puncture (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to make a small hole in the surface of something such as a tyre with something sharp “というふうに記載されていますね。
The bottom of the water tank had been punctured.
A nail punctured our tyre.
To deflate (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” if a tyre or balloon deflates, or if you deflate it, air comes out of it “というふうに記載されていますね。
When the roads are icy, you may have to deflate your tires a bit.
to deflate a balloon/tyre
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To inflate (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to make something increase in size by filling it with air: “というふうに記載されていますね。
He inflated the balloons with helium.
We watch the hot-air balloon slowly inflate.
The pump inflates the tyres automatically.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” a brand name for a large metal container into which people put unwanted objects or building or garden waste, and which is brought to and taken away from a place by a special truck when people ask for ite “というふうに記載されていますね。
Now Tara is speaking out to warn families of the dangers of using these types of rafts in the ocean.
‘It’s not worth it,’ she said. ‘It’s not worth it at all.‘
‘To even put yourself in that type of position. I’m never going to get on a float again.’
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）