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Speaking from his home in Nigeria’s Delta state he said: “A lot of people died and I didn’t. It was because I had cried out to Jesus and he saved me. I am convinced that it was God himself who placed the air bubble there for me to live,” Okene said. Read more:

Six days ago we had 2013 Jun 08 (2) – Trapped for three days 30m under the sea and today I read another report about this and here some extracts:

 

Diver relives moment of ship ‘air bubble’ rescue

‘My heart skipped a beat’

The South African dive team that found Harrison Okene, the Nigerian ship’s cook who spent almost three days in an air bubble 30m under the sea, has for the first time described the euphoria of finding him alive after pulling out the bodies of his 10 colleagues.

The doomed crewmen were in a Chevron-chartered Jascon 4 tugboat, which capsized 27km off Escaros in the oil rich Nigerian coast last month due to heavy Atlantic Ocean swells. They had been helping to stabilise an oil tanker filling up at a Chevron platform.

Of the 12 people on board, one crew member has not yet been found.

Okene said he was mourning the death of his 10 colleagues while trying to come to terms with newfound fame.

Van Heerden saying that they had not expected to find anyone alive when they swam into the bowels of the upturned tugboat nearly three days after it sank.

“Remember, we weren’t expecting to find anyone alive. I was shocked when Harrison stuck his hand out to me and touched my shoulder: My heart skipped a beat,” Van Heerden said.

Okene, 29, believes the manner of his rescue meant that God had given him a second chance at life.

Speaking from his home in Nigeria’s Delta state he said: “A lot of people died and I didn’t. It was because I had cried out to Jesus and he saved me. I am convinced that it was God himself who placed the air bubble there for me to live,” Okene said.

“Now there are people lining up to see me and to touch me.”

“During the time I was calling out the name of God and asking for his help.”

Okene said he heard the sounds of big fish in a cabin nearby and what sounded like flesh being eaten. “I was afraid and found something to protect myself but I continued to pray and call the name of Jesus,” he said.

“Then a diver suddenly swam past me and I touched him and he got the biggest shock. They gave me oxygen and took me back up (to the surface).”

Okene said the experience had shown him that life was too short.

“This past Sunday we had a thanksgiving service at my church to thank the Lord for what he has done and so many people came to witness it. I can’t even tell you how many came because there were just crowds upon crowds. All of them wanted to see me and to touch me. I spoke to them and told them that we serve a true and living God who moved those waters and made me live,” he said.

 

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