Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Man rescued after 3 days in air pocket of sunken ship

See also

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."

Like what you’ve read? Subscribe to receive (spam free) email notifications for top news articles.

Emily Sutherlin is also the Pregnancy Examiner.

Got something to say? Say it on Examiner by following this link to sign up.

©2013 Emily M. Sutherlin. All Rights Reserved.



  • Al Qaeda video surfaces
    A video of an Al Qaeda meeting surfaces, concealed identities are raising suspicions
    Watch Video
  • Boston Marathon
    Boston cops shut down Boylston street after finding suspicious, unattended backpacks
    Top News
  • Death penalty for hate crime?
    Actions by the anti-Semitic gunman are being condemned by the unlikeliest of groups
    Crime News
  • New York gun control
    As many as one million New Yorkers are ready to disregard the state's new gun laws
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Hundreds of passengers are missing after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    World News
  • NYPD ends surveillance on Muslims
    The NYPD will end surveillance programs against Muslims in their own communities
    Watch Video

Related Videos:

  • Mystery of two missing South Dakota teenagers solved at the bottom of a creek
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517944833" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Cannibal brothers who ate 100 corpses in trouble again for the same offense
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517850850" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Missing man's remains found in a tree three years after he disappeared
    <div class="video-info" data-id="245251641" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!