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Trapped for three days 30m under the sea - Comment on 2013 June 8 (2)

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“I started calling on the name of God. I was just calling on His name for divine intervention. I started reminiscing on the verses I read before I slept. I read the Bible from Psalm 54 to 92. My wife had sent me the verses to read that night when she called me before I went to bed.” Read more:

Here some extracts from reports about a man who was trapped for three days 30 m under water:

 

Trapped for three days

In what has been described as an incredible feat, a team of South African divers has rescued a man who spent almost three days – 30m under the sea – after the tugboat he was on capsized off the coast of Nigeria.

Ten other crew members died and one is still missing.

But the Nigerian Harrison Okene had just got up when the ship rolled. He was able to get himself into an air bubble just 1.5m by 3m, where he perched on a table to keep himself alive, drinking softdrinks out of cans that were floating around him.

The vessel capsized, but did not sink to the bottom. It floated 30m below the surface, with Okene trapped inside. The vessel had been towing a tanker to a mooring buoy on May 26 when it was flipped by heavy swells.

The Chevron-chartered tugboat, AHT Jascon 4, had capsized. It was 27km off Escaros in the oil rich Delta state of Nigeria.

What was meant to be a body recovery mission for the South African divers turned into an underwater rescue when, after 60 hours alone in the wreck, Okene grabbed a diver as he swam past, having earlier failed to attract the attention of the first driver down.

Because he had been 30m underwater his body had filled with nitrogen and divers had to put him into a decompression helmet before he could be safely brought to the surface.

It seemed to be going on so well until that morning when, after a sudden violent turn, it plunged into the Atlantic, which may have now become its final resting place.

It was about 5am when the accident occurred. The vessel was one of the three towing a tanker to the loading point when it occurred. The sea was very rough and the waves were beating on the vessel and it was windy und turbulent. The tension rope snapped and obviously unbalanced the vessel thereby causing it to capsize.

Okene was dazed by the turn of event.

“I was dazed and everywhere was dark as I was thrown from one end of the small cubicle to another.”

He said he spent the time playing back the tape of his life, thinking about his wife, mother, family and friends.

Working with some of the tools he got from the office, he built a rack on top of the platform and got down, praying and waiting.

“I prayed about a hundred times. When I was tired, I started calling on the name of God. I was just calling on His name for divine intervention. I started reminiscing on the verses I read before I slept. I read the Bible from Psalm 54 to 92. My wife had sent me the verses to read that night when she called me before I went to bed.”

His rescuer, a South African identified simply as Nico, was amazed by his calmness as he waited for his evacuation. Asked how he managed to remain so calm, he said: “At that point, I knew there was nothing I could do for myself again. God had done the most part. I just had to wait and see.”

 

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