Fishermen rescue naked fugitive from tree

Category : Human Interest

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. dinghy / ˈdɪŋ gi / (n) – a small boat, especially one that’s pulled or carried by a larger boat

    We took the dinghy to the river and fished for hours.

  2. bail / beɪl / (n) – money paid to a court of law to allow an accused person to leave jail and return later for his/her trial

    The woman was released on $2,000 bail.

  3. armed robbery / ɑrmd ˈrɒb ə ri / (n) – a theft where the robber uses a weapon to threaten people

    Jeff was arrested for armed robbery; they say he used a gun to steal jewelry from a department store.

  4. aggravated assault / ˈæg rəˌveɪ tɪd əˈsɔlt / (n) – a really violent attack on someone

    The man who repeatedly beat him with a baseball bat was charged with aggravated assault.

  5. deprivation of liberty / ˌdɛp rəˈveɪ ʃən əv ˈlɪb ər ti / (n) – the act of taking away a person’s freedom

    If you keep your 25-year-old son locked in his room all day, you could be arrested for deprivation of liberty.


Read the text below.

Two fishermen have rescued a naked fugitive whom they found sitting on a tree branch in an Australian crocodile habitat.

Cam Faust said Jan. 6 he and fellow recreational fisher Kev Joiner heard Luke Voskresensky, 40, yell for help on Jan. 3 as they set crab traps from their dinghy in mangroves on the outskirts of the northern city of Darwin.

Faust said Voskresensky — who was covered in mud, cuts and insect bites — explained that he had been lost for four days, survived by eating snails and had used his clothes “for bits and pieces over the way.”

“It didn’t make sense to us,” Faust said, referring to the explanation for his nudity. “He had a nest made up in the tree, and he was only laying a meter above the water and there were crocs in the water so he has done well to survive.”

Police said Voskresensky had been free on bail after being charged with armed robbery, multiple aggravated assaults, deprivation of liberty and stealing. He had cut off his electronic monitoring device and attempted to evade police, they said. (AP)

This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • If you found a naked person sitting on a tree branch in a crocodile habitat, what would you do (ex. help the person, call the police)? Why? Discuss.
  • Voskresensky claims he survived for four days by eating snails. Do you think you could do the same? Why or why not? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • Do you think everyone should be granted bail, or should it only be an option for certain crimes (ex. non-violent crimes, first-time crimes)? Why? Discuss.
  • Some people say that the bail system is unfair because it helps rich people go home while poor people sit in jail until their trials. Do you think that bail amounts should be based on the crime, or should they be based on people’s income levels? Why? Discuss.
Category : Human Interest