According to The Huffington Post on Tuesday, a man who spent three days trapped in an air pocket of a sunken ship was discovered by divers, turning a search for dead bodies into an incredible rescue operation.
Harrison Okene, the 29-year-old cook of the AHT Jascon 4, gave a South African diving team the shock of a lifetime on May 28 when he reached out from the dark air pocket he was trapped in and grabbed the hand of a diver.
Sitting in the cold Atlantic Ocean water in nothing but boxer shorts was beginning to take its toll on Okene’s body. He had no food and drank Coca-Cola, according to the BBC. The salt water also began to peel away the skin on both his body and tongue.
A video of Okene’s rescue in May was only recently released, showing Okene’s hand reaching toward the diver in murky water, and then an image of Okene sitting shirtless in the air pocket.
"He's alive! He's alive!" the diver is heard saying to his colleague. "Just reassure him,'' the diver's colleague says. "Just reassure him. Pat him on the shoulder."
Okene says he was in the bathroom at 4:50 a.m. when he felt the tugboat capsize. He opened the door and was swept along a narrow passageway into another bathroom. By the time the boat flipped, he found himself holding onto the overturned sink trying to keep his head above 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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