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The Fight for Survival (B)

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发表于 2010-1-27 10:33:47 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
We braced ourselves. The worst was yet to come. With our life jackets secured and fastened, we waited as the boat sank deeper into the water. We were soon immersed in the chilly depths. The biting cold was more terrifying than anyone could have imagined. Since the ice had cleared only weeks before, the frigid water numbered our bodies within minutes. The boat floated on the water’s surface briefly before disappearing into obscurity.

My parents, who were donned in floater jackets, clung desperately to each other, trying to keep their heads above water. I , on the other hand, wasn’t so fortunate. A strong gust of wind blew briskly across the lake, bringing with it, torrential rain and threatening thunderstorms. The strong waves carried me off into the night. The waves continued to pound violently, forcing me underwater and gasping for air.

I knew that death was near. Then suddenly, something quite extraordinary happened. A shadow appeared up ahead. I blinked in amazement. A beautful loon landed only feet from my grasp. It stayed calmly by my side, as the storm continued to engulf me in all its fury. All of a sudden I didn’t feel so alone anymore. Deep in my heart, I knew everything would be okay.

The following morning a fisherman found us. By that time, our body temperatures were twenty-four degrees, putting us on the margin of death. Later investigation showed we had been in the water for thirteen hours.

As I lay in the hospital bed recovering,I thanked God for all his mercy and for the guardian angel that watehce over me.



我们双臂紧抱着。最糟的一颗即将到来。我们穿好、系紧救生衣,眼看着渔船向下沉去。很快,我们陷入了刺骨的寒冷里。那可怕的严寒远超过了任何人的想像。因为湖面的冰几周前刚化去,寒冷的湖水几分钟内就冻僵了我们的身体。小船在水面上漂浮了几下便没入了黑暗。

我的父母身穿救生衣,紧紧地相互依偎着,努力使头部浮出水面。而我,可没那么幸运。一阵凛冽的强风吹过湖面,紧随而来的便是倾盆大雨和满天惊雷。巨浪把我推向黑夜。浪头继续狂暴地怒吼,我载浮载沉,不断张口喘气。

我知道死亡已经临近。突然,很不寻常的事发生了。前方湖面上出现了一个黑乎乎的东西。我惊讶地眨了眨眼。一只漂亮的潜鸟就停在离我不远的地方。当暴风雨继续以它的狂暴吞没我时,那只鸟却镇静地陪伴着我。忽然,我觉得自己不再孤独。在我内心深处,我知道一切都会好起来的。

第二天清晨,有渔夫发现了我们。那时,我们的体温只有24度,已在生死边缘徘徊。随后的调查先是我们在水中待了13个小时。

躺在医院的病床上,我逐渐康复,我感谢上帝的仁慈,以及照顾我的那个守卫天使。

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