Divers find man alive in sunken tugboat

6:12 AM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) -- Harrison Okene stretched his hand through murky water as a rescue diver swims toward him, nearly three days after Okene's tugboat capsized.

Incredible footage shows the moment South African divers find Okene. His 11 colleagues died when a swell overtook the tugboat off the Nigerian coast in the Atlantic. Okene found a 4-foot pocket of air and survived on sips of Coca-Cola.

As the light and camera pans over, you can see the tiny space where Okene was able to breathe in: just a 4-foot pocket of air. Okene also survived on sips of Coca-Cola.

In the video, the rescuer strapps Okene in a harness and gets ready to pull him out from 30 meters below the Atlantic Ocean.

You can watch as Okene is pulled out of the shipwreck and begins taking his first breaths through an oxygen mask as his rescuer assures him that he¹ll be home soon.

Okene was immediately taken to a decompression chamber where he was held for sixty hours so his body pressure could return to normal.


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