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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY

    Trapped 2 days undersea in a shipwreck air bubble: tugboat cook survives to tell tale


    Nigerian cook survives two days under sea in shipwreck air bubble .(Reuters)
    WARRI, Nigeria (Reuters) - After two days trapped in freezing cold water and breathing from an air bubble in an upturned tugboat under the ocean, Harrison Okene was sure he was going to die. Then a torch light pierced the darkness.
    Of the 12 people on board, divers recovered 10 dead bodies while a remaining crew member has not been found.

    Somehow Okene survived, breathing inside a four foot high bubble of air as it shrunk in the waters slowly rising from the ceiling of the tiny toilet and adjoining bedroom where he sought refuge, until two South African divers eventually rescued him.

    "I was there in the water 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 said, parts of his skin peeling away after days soaking in the salt water.

    "I was so hungry but mostly so, so thirsty. The salt water took the skin off my tongue," he said. Seawater got into his mouth but he had nothing to eat or drink throughout his ordeal.
    He sensed he was not alone in the darkness.

    "I was very, very cold and it was black. I couldn't see anything," says Okene, staring into the middle distance.

    "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."
    The cook describes his extraordinary survival story as a "miracle" but the memories of his time in the watery darkness still haunt him and he is not sure he will return to the sea.

    "When I am at home sometimes it feels like the bed I am sleeping in is sinking. I think I'm still in the sea again. I jump up and I scream," Okene said, shaking his head.
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  2. #2
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    May 2012
    OMG! Just amazing.

  3. #3
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    May 2007
    At the beach
    Wow! That sounds like the plot of an old sea shanty.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2011
    Mr. Okene's tale has the makings of a great novel.

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