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Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by reji2004: 10:34am On Jun 08, 2013
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Trapped for three days under the sea- LEE RONDGANGER



A team of South African divers, including at least four from Durban, has rescued a man who spent almost three days in an air bubble.

Durban - In what has been described as an incredible feat, a team of South African divers, including at least four from Durban, has rescued a man who spent almost three days in an air bubble - 30m under the sea - after the tugboat he was on capsized off the coast of Nigeria.

Ten other crew members died and one is still missing. Many of them were locked in their cabins as a precaution against pirates.

But Nigerian Harrison Okene had just got up when the ship rolled. He was able to get himself into an air bubble just 1.5m by 3m, where he perched on a table to keep himself alive, drinking softdrinks out of cans that were floating around him.

According to the owners of the boat, West Africa Ventures, the vessel capsized, but did not sink to the bottom. It floated 30m below the surface, with Okene trapped inside. The vessel had been towing a tanker to a mooring buoy on May 26 when it was flipped by heavy swells.

The South African divers were on a different expedition on the West Coast of Africa when they responded to a May Day call. A 100km away the Chevron-chartered tugboat, AHT Jascon 4, had capsized. It was 27km off Escaros in the oil rich Delta state of Nigeria.

What was meant to be a body recovery mission for the South African divers turned into an underwater rescue when, after 60 hours alone in the wreck, Okene grabbed a diver as he swam past, having earlier failed to attract the attention of the first diver down.


Divers were shocked to have found Okene alive and said they were amazed by how calm he was during the rescue. Because he had been 30m underwater his body had filled with nitrogen and divers had to put him into a decompression helmet before he could be safely brought to the surface.

Okene’s incredible feat and the divers’ effort to bring him to the surface safely has caught the attention of maritime experts and international film-makers who want to turn the rescue into a documentary.

Writing on the Facebook page of a maritime website, Paul McDonald, a “dynamic positioning officer” on board the dive support vessel involved with the recovery and rescue mission, said: “All on board could not believe how cool he was when being rescued. The divers put a diving helmet and harness on to him and he followed the diver to the bell where he was then taken to deck level and kept in the chamber and decompressed for 2 days. It was amazing to be part of this rescue and my sympathy is with the families who lost (their) loved ones.”

Rob Almeida, an accomplished sailor and partner at gCaptain, in an article written for the company’s website, had spoken to former US Navy Salvage Officer Patrick Keenan about the amazing rescue

“The fact this person survived is incredible,” commented Keenan. “After spending two days at 30 meters of depth, he had become saturated, meaning his body had absorbed all the pressurised gases and equalised with the surrounding water pressure. Bringing him to surface from that depth, and after having been saturated at 3 or 4 atmospheres, could easily have killed him.” In saturation diving, divers are brought to the surface from depth using a pressurised diving bell, which mates up to a pressurised chamber on deck. This allows the “saturated” divers to live and work above and below the surface at a steady pressure state for an indefinite period of time, and most importantly, to be brought to the surface safely,” Keenan wrote.

Specialist deep sea diver Patrick Voorma, who owns Calypso Dive Centre at uShaka Marine World, said it was incredible that Harrison was able to survive at those depths for such a long period.

“When you are under water, your internal body pressure will become the same pressure as the water pressure surrounding you. If you go down to 30m there is four bars of pressure - double the pressure in your car tyres - being exerted in your body,” he said.

“By staying under water for such a long time, your body becomes saturated and you will have four bars worth of gas pressure in your body of which the nitrogen will be the problem.”


“It will be like opening up a can of Coke. All that nitrogen will just rush out of your body and will give you a gas embolism which can kill you instantly.”

Corrie van Kessel, spokeswoman for West Africa Ventures, said on Thursday that the divers had yet to find the body of the 12th crew member.

“The search and rescue operation that has been under way since 26 May 2013 has had to be stopped for safety reasons.

The vessel, Jascon 4, which is located some 30 metres under water in an upside down position, has become so unstable that the risk of injury to our rescue divers has become unacceptably high,” Van Kessel said in a statement.

“Our divers performed an extremely difficult and dangerous task in the most testing of conditions and we are grateful for their professional service as well as the contributions of many other personnel who gave all their efforts to this challenging recovery operation.”



SOURCE: http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/trapped-for-three-days-under-the-sea-1.1529020

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Nobody: 10:41am On Jun 08, 2013
His mom is a mermaid lipsrsealed

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by PvtParts1: 10:44am On Jun 08, 2013
Divers were shocked to have found Okene alive and said they were amazed by how calm he was during the rescue.

dem nefer see anything. person wey dem born for 9ja, chop garri and enuff pepper, come manage get work. wetin be capsize?

strong man!

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Horus(m): 10:45am On Jun 08, 2013
Incredible! shocked
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by PvtParts1: 10:50am On Jun 08, 2013
Can't wait to watch the re-enactment on Discovery Channels "Daring Rescue"

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Nobody: 11:13am On Jun 08, 2013
Bros even dey there dey drink their mineral. Him no carry last at all. He go enter church next sunday talk how angels carry send him back wen he been don dey die. Trust nija pastors nah, dem go find way to chop frm the guy

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Yungwizzzy(m): 11:39am On Jun 08, 2013
That dude is fukkin lucky. Daz all
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by bloggernaija: 11:45am On Jun 08, 2013
It is unbelievable that South Africans had to come to nigeria to do a rescue.GIANT OF AFRICA INDEED
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by PvtParts1: 11:47am On Jun 08, 2013
bloggernaija: It is unbelievable that South Africans had to come to nigeria to do a rescue.GIANT OF AFRICA INDEED
They did not come to Nigerian waters to rescue anybody they where within the sinking site and responded as any responsible mariner would to an S.O.S. message.
They had both the man power and equipment and the effort would also have served as further training and experience to the crew.

Finally, You are daft.

That's all.

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Nobody: 11:52am On Jun 08, 2013
bloggernaija: It is unbelievable that South Africans had to come to nigeria to do a rescue.GIANT OF AFRICA INDEED
are you daft! can't you read

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Caracta(f): 12:38pm On Jun 08, 2013
Nigerians and survival! I'm happy for the man. I guess he ate enough Fufu and Pounded Yam when he was a child. Wonderful!

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by kponkedenge(m): 1:26pm On Jun 08, 2013
He shuld represent nigeria in swimming in d next olympics. We can't aford 2 waste such talent. angry angry angry

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Joavid(f): 1:30pm On Jun 08, 2013
man must survive.
thank God for him

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by NessaFresh(f): 1:32pm On Jun 08, 2013
shocked angry
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by hiuser: 1:34pm On Jun 08, 2013
Naira is not naira...i am your biology teacher now not to even..you are the ogas in your own space(World Maps)
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Nobody: 1:36pm On Jun 08, 2013
hiuser: Naira is not naira...i am your biology teacher now not to even..

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by kushe: 1:36pm On Jun 08, 2013
U see why dey pay oyel workers plenty money?it is cos of sh.it like this.imagine the mental torture this guy endured knowing he was most likely gonna die with dead people all around him.him or his people must have been praying cos at some point he must hav been feeling sleepy and if he try am,naa heavenly choir for wake am.

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by nijanigga: 1:37pm On Jun 08, 2013
Pvt. Parts:

They did not come to Nigerian waters to rescue anybody they where within the sinking site and responded as any responsible mariner would to an S.O.S. message.
They had both the man power and equipment and the effort would also have served as further training and experience to the crew.

Finally, You are daft.

That's all.

But left for Nigerians the guy would have died,if not for the South African divers.What a useless country called Nigeria.

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by valdubem(m): 1:38pm On Jun 08, 2013
Falѕе nеwѕ. ѕourcе iѕ fakе
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by adaobi123(f): 1:39pm On Jun 08, 2013
3 days ? na mermaid he be !!!!!!!!!! grin
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Izrhiell(m): 1:43pm On Jun 08, 2013
This one don pass mami water dis one na papi water.

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by maclatunji: 1:44pm On Jun 08, 2013
The man has escaped death on several fronts. He escaped drowning, was not killed by wild sea creatures, he did not die of changes in gases and pressure underwater and perhaps most importantly, he did not die from the lack of knowledge of his rescuers. Believe it or not, he could have exploded if brought out of the water without being decompressed. Yeah! I said it , it is possible for a human being to explode without a bomb.

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Lakayanah: 1:44pm On Jun 08, 2013
God is great 9jas we are like cockroaches you can not eliminate us.
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by ichidodo(m): 1:46pm On Jun 08, 2013
bloggernaija: It is unbelievable that South Africans had to come to nigeria to do a rescue.GIANT OF AFRICA INDEED
So very quick to cast your country that you was blind to see that the situation happened quite some distance off coast,in international waters and the southafricans who were opportuned to pick the distress call were just passing by. Lookin to score some cheap popularity points,eh?

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Brunel(m): 1:46pm On Jun 08, 2013
Like a BOSS!!!!!
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Ucheosefoh(m): 1:47pm On Jun 08, 2013
Pvt. Parts:

They did not come to Nigerian waters to rescue anybody they where within the sinking site and responded as any responsible mariner would to an S.O.S. message.
They had both the man power and equipment and the effort would also have served as further training and experience to the crew.

Finally, You are daft.

That's all.
U don finish the guy u no pity am at all na so some of them go rush to comment without understanding what they read. he is a blogger I de imagine the amount of daftness on his blog

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by HonIlesanmi(m): 1:47pm On Jun 08, 2013
chidindufrank: Bros even dey there dey drink their mineral. Him no carry last at all. He go enter church next sunday talk how angels carry send him back wen he been don dey die. Trust nija pastors nah, dem go find way to chop frm the guy
. Wetin concern Nigerian pastors in this matter?
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Nobody: 1:47pm On Jun 08, 2013
bloggernaija: It is unbelievable that South Africans had to come to nigeria to do a rescue.GIANT OF AFRICA INDEED

You are the biggest fool on this forum..

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by papaejima1: 1:48pm On Jun 08, 2013
Okene grabbed a diver as he swam past, having earlier failed to attract the attention of the first diver down.
Thank God for his life and rescue.
But,Oh Mehn, It would be really classical to have seen the expression on the face of the diver when he was grabbed by a supposedly dead man.

Chai, the typical Naija diver for let out one big shout, turn around and take off to the surface without his helmet
grin grin grin grin

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Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by Tinyemeka(m): 1:48pm On Jun 08, 2013
Lord have mercy! I feel like crying with him. sad
Re: Nigerian Survived 3 Days UnderWater by yuzedo: 1:50pm On Jun 08, 2013
This man isn't lucky that he managed to survive in an air bubble, the fortuitous part of this encounter is the fact that professionals rescued him who know about nitrogen bla bla and took him to surface in a decompression suit. Nigga woulda survived 2days under water and kaputted immediately upon rescue if some local ijaw fishermen discovered him first... Education good o!

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