I don't know if you heard about the boy trapped at the top of a 270 foot waterfall here in Washington State. Rescuers worked, at great personal risk, to save him. It took many tries and a long time. They finally got him out and spent the night on the side of the river with a big fire to keep them company.
There is a video of the rescue here. It is breathtaking when you see the boy, huddled on the right, and the falls right next to him. The picture does not show the tremendous force of the water right next to them. The full story here
Where does reading come in?
"In the water, Hickman said he just focused on keeping his feet pointed downstream, like a character in a book from the popular "Pendragon" series he once read.
That advice may have helped save his life.
The current pushed him toward a narrow rock shelf just above Wallace Falls (270 feet) northeast of Seattle, and he was able to scramble out to wait for rescuers."