Man Rescued From Shipwreck 3-Days After Boat Went Down By Surviving In Tiny Air Pocket

December 3, 2013


This is the rescue video of Harrison Okene, a Nigerian cook working on the Jascon 4 tug boat when it sank during a tanker-towing operation. Harrison survived three days sitting alone in the pitch black at a depth of 30-meters in cold water and a small air pocket created when the ship sunk. Sadly, Harrison's 11 other crew members perished.

Hit the jump for the amazing video, but skip to 5:00 for the rescue to begin. The diver sounds like a chipmunk because he's breathing an oxygen/helium mix. And the guy in charge of the operation, well, he sounds like the exact kind of guy you want in charge of this sort of thing.

Thanks to everyone who sent this, almost every single one of which expressed this being their worst nightmare. Same.

  • Benmark

    What the hell? This happened SIX months ago! Why is everyone so slow to report on this?

  • Elizabeth Albertson

    becasue geekologie is shit now. old stories and re-posts.

  • DBen

    So? Doesnt invalidate the story... it still happened...

  • Benmark

    Just making a point... a TRUE point.

  • Aknit

    He was rescued by South Africans, tough bastards them lot.

  • Mason Miller

    GW was right. If I'm ever trapped in a life-or-death situation, I want Colby directing the rescue effort.

  • Guest

    This happened over 6 months ago (May 26th), but all the news outlets are reporting like it happened today or something.

  • Guest

    Ok, who the fuck voted me down? It's the TRUTH.. it happened half a year ago- you have to accept it.

  • DeathBotGamma

    Wow. God Bless.

  • Wait, 30 meters? That's not right unless he was trapped or broke a leg or something. Also, the rescue crew would not need heliox or saturation for a 30 meter dive. Recreational diving routinely goes down to 40 meters.

    Did somebody misplace a decimal? What is the real depth?

  • David

    Otto, since you appear to be a diver, you should know that time underwater is just as much a factor in your air mix as depth. The heliox was needed because they sent a rescue team down with a diving bell and umbilicals expecting a long operation. A dive at 30m has a maximum no deco time around 20-25 minutes. Even doing a technical/deco dive they would have been down for a really long time and would have had insane deco times before being able to surface (which was their fear for the cook as well). These guys were probably down there for many hours working on the search and rescue so the heliox was a safety factor.

  • I can understand them using heliox instead of nitrox if they had to do a fair amount of underwater work, such as cutting into the ship or something else to gain access to the area where he was trapped. Unusual, but makes sense given that you generally stay above 25 meters with nitrox. Trimix would be a bit more common though, and a lot less expensive. Perhaps they just had heliox and divers nearby.

  • Benmark

    The real depth IS 30 meters.

  • So, was he trapped and had to be cut out or something? Because 30 meters is swimable without diving gear.

  • tbclycan

    "How's the passage back?"
    "F*cking tight."
    "Is it? Okay."

  • RareAwesomeman

    I would be freaked out if after 3 days underwater, sitting in pitch black something human sized came swimming towards me, started touching me, surfaced right in front of me and started talking with such a high pitched voice

  • knurd

    Not only does he get rescued but be gets rescued by a MINION! Ba-baboy!

  • Mr. K

    My favorite part:

    "What is your rank, Harrison"
    "I'm a cook."
    "A cook?"
    (to the room of people at command)
    "He's a cook, they always survive."

    I paraphrase, but still. Awesome

  • ODwanKenObi

    Absolutely incredible. Unbelievable. Intense. And sounds like he is being rescued by the minions from Despicable Me, so that makes it just that much more enjoyable to watch.

  • Holy shit. This is like watching Gravity. I'm all tense now, but this was awesome.

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