Five boys rescued from New York sewer system

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Date: 2023/03/25

Difficulty: Intermediate B1

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Vocabulary Match

mischievous -   - examination
narrowed -   - find a way
navigate -   - operator
trapped -   - sneaky
evaluation -   - reduced
dispatcher -   - stuck


Five curious boys had to be rescued from a Staten Island sewer system on Tuesday after they crawled into a tunnel, went deep inside, and got lost, according to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

Chief of Department John Hodgens reported that the FDNY received an emergency call around 6 p.m. on Tuesday about children trapped in the sewers. Firefighters found the kids' backpacks at the tunnel entrance under Clove Lakes Park.

Lt. John Drew said the tunnel had a 40-inch opening that later narrowed to 30 inches, making it hard to navigate. A firefighter crawled through the tight space with a rope and breathing equipment to rescue the boys.

Firefighter John Loennecker said the kids were relieved to be out of the cold, wet tunnel. "They crawled for an hour in the dark, with only one cell phone light," he said.

All five kids were taken to Richmond Medical Center for evaluation. One firefighter suffered minor injuries during the rescue.


  1. How did the children get lost?
  2. How did the firefighter rescue the boys?


A: Hello, we're stuck and we don't know where we are.
B: Okay, stay calm. Can you tell me your address?
A: I don't know. We're stuck in the sewers.
B: Wait… you're in the sewers? Can you describe how you got there?
A: We crawled into a tunnel, and we kept going for a while.
B: Alright, we're sending help. Stay on the line and, um, scream as loudly as you can.


  1. What would you do if you were in a situation like the boys in the sewer?
  2. What kind of adventures did you have as a child?
  3. What safety tips would you give to children exploring their surroundings?

Vocabulary Answers

mischievous → sneaky
narrowed → reduced
navigate → find a way
trapped → stuck
evaluation → examination
dispatcher → operator

Quiz Answers (examples)

  1. They crawled into a tunnel and went deep inside.
  2. He crawled through the tight space with a rope and breathing equipment.

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