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  BBC Learning English Video Words in the News 13 August 2 14 Rollercoaster rescue Video Words in the News © British Broadcasting Corporation 2014 Page 1 of 3 bbclearningenglish.com Transcript: Too many thrills   -  even for a rollercoaster. More than 20 people had to be rescued by fire-fighters when the ride in the US state of Maryland malfunctioned . They were stranded  for several hours about 20 metres above the ground and were given umbrellas to protect them from the blistering  sun. No injuries were   reported . Well, as they say, life is full of ups and downs…   Vocabulary:   thrills feelings of excitement  malfunctioned did not work in the way it was supposed to  stranded stuck in a particular place and unable to leave  blistering very hot (able to cause blisters due to excessive heat)  injuries wounds  Watch the video online: Rollercoaster rescue http://bbc.in/1pLZcLQ     Video Words in the News © British Broadcasting Corporation 2014 Page 2 of 3 bbclearningenglish.com Exercise:  Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports. Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly. thrills / malfunctioned / stranded / blistering / injuries 1.  The  __________   heat has also hit parts of Canada, with temperatures in Toronto expected to top 35C on Friday, according to Environment Canada. 2.  A Peruvian air force officer has survived a fall of about 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) after his parachute  __________   during an exercise. 3.  The rain flooded some major roads and subway stations, causing traffic chaos. Hundreds of passengers were  __________ for several hours on a flooded commuter train and had to be evacuated on police boats. 4.  A woman in her 60s was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a tree which blew down at Fleet Pond nature reserve in Hampshire. Her  __________   are not thought to be life-threatening. 5.   We don't ski and we don't want to ski. Sledging gives us all the  __________   we need, said Melanie. We have our own sledges, and we go on sledging holidays every year. We like being in the mountains, and the rush of going down the slopes fast - this is perfect.     Video Words in the News © British Broadcasting Corporation 2014 Page 3 of 3 bbclearningenglish.com Answers:   1.   The blistering  heat has also hit parts of Canada, with temperatures in Toronto expected to top 35C on Friday, according to Environment Canada. Source:  Deadly heatwave settles across US and Canada http://bbc.in/1sQTwCq  2.   A Peruvian air force officer has survived a fall of about 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) after his parachute malfunctioned  during an exercise. Source:  Peru air force officer survives fall after parachute malfunction http://bbc.in/1g0aVoQ  3.   The rain flooded some major roads and subway stations, causing traffic chaos. Hundreds of passengers were stranded for several hours on a flooded commuter train and had to be evacuated on police boats. Source:  Toronto flooded by record-breaking rainstorm http://bbc.in/XetYDy  4.   A woman in her 60s was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a tree which blew down at Fleet Pond nature reserve in Hampshire. Her injuries  are not thought to be life-threatening. Source:  Ex-hurricane Bertha brings high winds and rain across UK http://bbc.in/1sTgSX7  5.   We don't ski and we don't want to ski. Sledging gives us all the thrills  we need, said Melanie. We have our own sledges, and we go on sledging holidays every year. We like being in the mountains, and the rush of going down the slopes fast - this is perfect. Source:  How to hit the slopes and kep your dignity intact http://bbc.in/1sLTCJE 
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