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What is *harness ?
Is the word ''harness '' used in American English ?
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A WALL OF WATER
While Philip was staying with the Browns, William Bryce visited
them, too. He was a friend of the Browns and lived near Wick in Scotland.
His hobby was sailing, but the year before he had lost his boat, Sula.

One evening Philip wanted to hear the story.
“Well, every summer I sailed Sula near Wick with my crew, Victor Scott and David North.

But last summer, we wanted to try something different. We planned to sail right across the North Sea to Norway. Sula was a good, strong boat, so we didn’t think the trip was dangerous and our first night at sea went well.

But early the next morning the wind got stronger and the waves got higher.
We took down the sails, but the weather got worse hour by hour.
At three o’clock in the afternoon, the wind got even stronger, but the boat was still sailing well. David came up on deck and I went down into the cabin with Victor.

Half an hour later, when I went back on deck, the sea and the wind had become very dangerous.
I put on my * HARNESS, but David hated harnesses and never wore one.”
“Wasn’t it dangerous without a harness?” Philip asked.
“ Yes, it was. But some people are afraid of them. They say a harness will pull them under the water if the boat sinks. It was a terrible storm!
I had never seen anything like it. At about four o’clock I saw something awful. I will never forget it. There was a wall of water on our right.
When the wave broke, it turned the boat right over and threw David and me into the sea.
At last Sula came up again, very slowly. Then she started to sail and pulled me along with her in my harness. Victor was hurt but he was able to help me back on board.
My harness saved my life. But David was gone.”

It was silent in the room. Then Philip asked, “Couldn’t you find him?”
“No, the waves were too high.” Mr. Bryce looked down.
“What happened after that?” Philip asked.
“Well, everything in the boat was in a terrible mess. Water was coming in.
We sent out an emergency call and waited.
Four long hours later, the weather got a bit better, and a helicopter picked us up.
It was very hard to find us in that storm.”
“What happened to the boat?” Philip asked.
“Sula sailed to Norway without us and broke up on the rocks.

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What is *harness ? 
Is the word ''harness '' used in American English ?
--
A WALL OF WATER
While Philip was staying with the Browns, William Bryce visited
them, too. He was a friend of the Browns and lived near Wick in Scotland.
His hobby was sailing, but the year before he had lost his boat, Sula. 

One evening Philip wanted to hear the story.
“Well, every summer I sailed Sula near Wick with my crew, Victor Scott and David North. 

But last summer, we wanted to try something different. We planned to sail right across the North Sea to Norway. Sula was a good, strong boat, so we didn’t think the trip was dangerous and our first night at sea went well.

But early the next morning the wind got stronger and the waves got higher. 
We took down the sails, but the weather got worse hour by hour.
At three o’clock in the afternoon, the wind got even stronger, but the boat was still sailing well. David came up on deck and I went down into the cabin with Victor.

Half an hour later, when I went back on deck, the sea and the wind had become very dangerous. 
I put on my * HARNESS, but David hated harnesses and never wore one.”
“Wasn’t it dangerous without a harness?” Philip asked.
“ Yes, it was. But some people are afraid of them. They say a harness will pull them under the water if the boat sinks. It was a terrible storm! 
I had never seen anything like it. At about four o’clock I saw something awful. I will never forget it. There was a wall of water on our right. 
When the wave broke, it turned the boat right over and threw David and me into the sea.
At last Sula came up again, very slowly. Then she started to sail and pulled me along with her in my harness. Victor was hurt but he was able to help me back on board. 
My harness saved my life. But David was gone.”

It was silent in the room. Then Philip asked, “Couldn’t you find him?”
“No, the waves were too high.” Mr. Bryce looked down.
“What happened after that?” Philip asked.
“Well, everything in the boat was in a terrible mess. Water was coming in. 
We sent out an emergency call and waited.
Four long hours later, the weather got a bit better, and a helicopter picked us up. 
It was very hard to find us in that storm.”
“What happened to the boat?” Philip asked.
“Sula sailed to Norway without us and broke up on the rocks.
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