Divers find man alive in sunken tugboat – video

Dramatic footage of 'miracle' rescue of ship's cook who survived for days in air pocket

LAST UPDATED AT 12:53 ON Wed 4 Dec 2013

FOOTAGE of the extraordinary moment a ship's cook was discovered alive inside a shipwreck has been released. Nigerian Harrison Okene had spent almost three days beneath the ocean trapped in an air bubble before he was discovered by stunned rescue divers.

Okene was on board the Jascon-4 tugboat when it sank off the coast of Nigeria in May due to heavy ocean swells. Days later, when divers were sent to retrieve the bodies of the 12 crewmembers on the sunken vessel, Okene was found alive.

He survived by building a raft from wall panelling, which he used to lift himself out of the freezing water and into a small air pocket in one of the boat's toilets.

"I was there 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", Okene told Reuters.

Okene described the horror of being trapped in the shipwreck: "I could perceive the dead bodies of my crew nearby. I could smell them. The fish came in and began eating the bodies. I could hear the sound.

"I don't know what stopped the water from filling that room. I was calling on God. He did it. It was a miracle."  · 

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