Diver finds man alive 60 hours after tugboat sinks

This happened awhile back and I remember reading about it but details were vague at the time. It sounded impressive and I was surprised there wasn’t more press. Now, months later there is footage and plenty of press surrounding this incredible ordeal. Harrison Okene has a sure book deal in his future and the recover team has plenty to talk about over beers for several years. I doubt people would believe them had it not been for the video footage they took.

We at Bruce’s Legacy applaud all involved in the safe recovery of Mr. Okene and solemn thoughts are with those of the deceased.

The diver assumed all 12 men aboard the tugboat had died after it capsized about 20 miles off the coast of Nigeria last May. But as he searched for bodies, he found Harrison Okene — who survived in a small air pocket inside the ship nearly three days after it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

SEE THE VIDEO HERE: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dramatic-video-shows-moment-diver-finds-man-alive-60-hours-tugboat-sinks-article-1.1536166#ixzz2mWXTMokT

A diver swimming through the wreckage of a capsized tugboat off the coast of Nigeria assumed the crew had drowned and was only searching for bodies. As the diver maneuvered his way through the overturned Chevron vessel more than 60 hours after it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean last May, a hand suddenly emerged from the murky water and grabbed him.

The diver found Harrison Okene, 29, alive nearly three days after the tugboat capsized and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The cook was the only person of the 12-man crew to survive.
The diver found Harrison Okene, 29, alive nearly three days after the tugboat capsized and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The cook was the only person of the 12-man crew to survive.

The hand belonged to Harrison Okene, 29, the ship’s cook and the only person from the 12-man crew who survived.

Harrison Okene managed to survive with no food and only sips of Coca-Cola.

Harrison Okene managed to survive with no food and only sips of Coca-Cola.

Recently released footage of the rescue shows the dramatic moment Okene was saved.

“He’s alive! He’s alive!” the diver told his team, according to a clip that aired on NBC’s ‘Today.’

The diver assumed everyone aboard the overturned tugboat had died when a hand emerged from the murky water and grabbed him.

The diver assumed everyone aboard the overturned tugboat had died when a hand emerged from the murky water and grabbed him.

“Just reassure him,” a colleague tells him. “Just reassure him. Pat him on the shoulder.”

Okene was rescued from the wreckage after he was found alive inside the tugboat, which capsized due to heavy swells about 20 miles off the coast of Nigeria.

Okene was rescued from the wreckage after he was found alive inside the tugboat, which capsized due to heavy swells about 20 miles off the coast of Nigeria.

Divers helped free Okene, who was put in a decompression chamber for another 60 hours before he was allowed to go back to his home town of Warri, a city in the Niger Delta. Okene managed to survive for nearly three days in a small air pocket inside the Jacon-4 tugboat with no food and only sips of Coca-Cola.

The 29-year-old cook was the only person to survive after a tugboat capsized off the coast of Nigeria last May. The body of one victim was never found.

The 29-year-old cook was the only person to survive after a tugboat capsized off the coast of Nigeria last May. The body of one victim was never found.

“I was so hungry but mostly so, so thirsty,” he told Reuters after he returned home. “The salt water took the skin off my tongue.” But Okene didn’t believe he would die from starvation. “I was there in the water in total darkness just thinking it’s the end,”. “I kept thinking the water was going to fill up the room, but it did not.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dramatic-video-shows-moment-diver-finds-man-alive-60-hours-tugboat-sinks-article-1.1536166#ixzz2mWXuJ0qV

Credit to the NY Daily News and Joe Kemp for the article   jkemp@nydailynews.com

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