Video: Man rescued after being trapped in sunken ship for three days

Thomas Bink
Daily Buzz

Amazing video has surfaced of the rescue of Harrison Okene, a cook who was trapped in an air pocket for three days when the tugboat he was in capsized back in May.

Okene, 29, was the sole survivor of the shipwreck caused by heavy ocean swells off the coast of Nigeria.

Of the 12 people on board, 10 bodies were recovered and one crew member remains missing.

Okene spent three days in a four-foot high air pocket with no food or water.

"I was very, very cold and it was black. I couldn't see anything," Okene said. "But I could perceive the dead bodies of my crew were nearby. I could smell them. The fish came in and began eating the bodies. I could hear the sound. It was horror."

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A South African diver discovered Okene's air bubble during a body recovery mission that miraculously turned into a recovery mission some 60 hours after the tug capsized.

"I was crying and calling on Jesus to rescue me, I prayed so hard," Okene said. "I was so hungry and thirsty and cold and I was just praying to see some kind of light."

The diving crew pulled Okene from the wreckage, his skin peeling from the salt water. He spent the next two days in a decompression chamber, as he had breathed a lethal dose of nitrogen.

"They told me all the others had died and I cried because I thought I was the only one who had been trapped in the boat," he said.

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