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Survival The sweltering jungle felt like a death trap; it was infested with venomous species of plants and animals

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English Coursework First Assignment Survival The sweltering jungle felt like a death trap; it was infested with venomous species of plants and animals. The humidity was intolerable. All I had was a small bottle of water, and a tiny, partly eaten, bar of chocolate. I had lost my main supply in the trees earlier, when I missed my landing target. I didn't feel secure; yet I had no choice to continue. It was life or death for now, it was survival. I was mentally ill equipped for this alien world. I became more aware of strains and sores. I felt as if my rucksack was gradually beginning to eat away at my arms as if it was a highly potent acid and as if my feet were tightly compacted into my boots. Every step I took, I feared the Vietcong would find me, soon, and then the gruesome, merciless torture and public humiliation would begin. I began to think my eventual capture was inevitable. After I fiddled with my GPS to get it operational, it somehow managed to force its way out of my hands, as if by its own will, into a small pool of stagnant water. When I reached into the pool I found my GPS, it had malfunctioned so I was forced to bury it, to leave no trace for enemy detection. ...read more.

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The water was tepid. My toes touched some slush at the bottom but I simply took another step into the cloudy mixture. The fluid slowly began to rise up and saturate my trousers, but at least I would leave no scent for tracker dogs to pick me up. I heard what seemed to be a shout in the distance, then another in reply and I became stricken with terror. I wanted to sprint, but I didn't; I didn't look behind me. I was too frightened, I still felt as if I was making huge splashing reverberations as I plunged my legs in and out of the water. While hurrying on I caught my foot on something underwater and I jolted forward, thrust into the water, and got a mouthful of dirt. I rose out of the water and put my hand to my forehead. I reached into my rucksack and pulled out a small roll of bandages. I unwrapped the bandages around my head and tightly tied it in a knot. As I stood up, I felt slightly light headed but I continued as before, like a machine, wading, wading. I reached the other side of the swamp and gradually tried to clamber out of the mucky edges. ...read more.

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The current looked heavy but I had no choice. I swam as hard as I could and steadily made progress. However, by now, both guards were shooting at me. As I was swimming along one bullet pierced through the water and tore the back of one of my legs apart and another ripped through my shoulder blade. An ominous gloomy red flash emerged at the surface. I felt weak as the current dragged me downstream, I persevered but I felt it was all in vein. I continued to battle against the current and at long last managed to grasp a clump of mud from the bank with my fingernails. I drew myself inward however I couldn't gather the strength to climb. The combined resonating noise of several semi-automatic weapons blasted from nearby, my saving grace had arrived. I yelped like a lost puppy out to them, but the roaring gunfire was too thunderous. I mustered up all my residual energy for one last call. I took a deep breath and bellowed out for help. The shriek reverberated all around and eventually I felt someone clasp onto my arm and heave me out off the water. I was carefully lowered onto a stretcher and transported towards to the helicopter, where I lost consciousness from the pain. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Peter Yeung M51A ...read more.

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