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Nigerian Man Rescued after Over 2 Days in Sunken Ship

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A crew member of a sunken Nigerian boat has been rescued after spending about 62 hours inside the ship lying at the seabed at the depth of 30 meters (about 100 feet), BBC reported late on Thursday.

MOSCOW, June 14 (RIA Novosti) - A crew member of a sunken Nigerian boat has been rescued after spending about 62 hours inside the ship lying at the seabed at the depth of 30 meters (about 100 feet), BBC reported late on Thursday.

Harrison Okene was one of the 12 people on board a tugboat with capsized and sank upside down in the Gulf of Guinea on May 26. He managed to survive in a small air pocket, while ten of his colleagues died and one remains unaccounted for.

“I was hungry, but mostly so, so thirsty,” BBC quoted Okene as saying.

The man told Reuters that he was in the restroom when he understood that the boat was turning over. When the ship started to sink, he managed to find his way to an area with an air bubble.

"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," he said. "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."

He was rescued by divers, who were recovering dead bodies from the sunken vessel. After the rescue, Okene had to spend some time in a recompression chamber to prevent decompression sickness.

 

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