Born February 2, 1984, Harrison Okene work for Chevron as a ship cook. Okene was amongst the 12 crew members on board of the Jascon-4 tugbaot that capsized on May 26, 2013 as a result of heavy Atlantic ocean swell. The boat was 30 km off the coast of Nigeria carrying an oil tanker filing up at a Chevron platform.
Okene alongside 12 other crew members was trapped in 98ft deep in the freezing seawater of Atlantic Ocean for 60 hours and nobody would have imagined that any human being can survive such ship wreck as the ship sank to the seabed, upside down.
Miraculously, Okene survived to the amazement of the world, he was trapped in an air pocket where he struggled to breath at the depth of the salty and freeing seawater of Atlantic ocean.
He struggled to breathe at the depth of the freezing seawater of Atlantic Ocean for 60 hours without food. Okene was the only person who survived out of the 12 people on board.
How Okene Held On To God At The Depth Of The Salty And Freezing Seawater Of Atlantic Ocean
Okene narrated that he was at the depth of the freezing seawater of Atlantic Ocean for 60 hours and still held on to God, adding that he kept on praying to God to save him as his skin continued peeling away after days of soaking in the salt water.
He was there without food, the salt water that got to his mouth peeled off the skin of his tongue and his only hope was God.
The Miraculous Help
On May 26, 2013, Chevron contracted three diverse, André Erasmus of Durban, Darryl Oosthuizen of Edgemead and Nico van Heerden of Strand for the rescue mission. The mission was actually aimed at recovering the bodies of the 12 people on board because nobody ever imagined any human being could survive at the depth of the freezing seawater of Atlantic Ocean.
The three diverse were the heroes that rescued Okene from the depth of the freezing seawater of the Atlantic Ocean where he thought all hope was gone.
Okene had narrated that he was at the bottom of the salty and freezing seawater of Atlantic Ocean very cold and couldn’t see anything, adding that he could perceive the dead bodies of his crew being eaten by fish nearby.
He never thought he could make it out but God proved he wasn’t meant to die in the Atlantic Ocean, he continued praying to God and God saved him at the end.
The rescue mission which lasted for three days yielded positive result on May 28, 2013 when he heard the rescue team hammering on the deck.
He struggled to swim down and found a water dispenser which he used to hammered the side of the vessel to call the attention of the diverse that he is alive.
The diverse then broke into the ship in search of the bodies and traced the sound. As Okene, the only Survivor saw the light from a head torch of the swimmers, Paul MacDonald, along the passageway, he went into the water and tapped him, waving his hands to show he is alive.
Paul MacDonald was shocked to discover Okene was alive after 60 hours at the depth of salty and freezing seawater of Atlantic Ocean.
That was the greatest help Okene ever wished for after spending 60 hours in the salty and freezing water of the Atlantic Ocean.
In an interview, Paul MacDonald narrated that “I got a huge fright, but was relieved to find someone alive,” he said.
After rescuing Okene from the depth of the Atlantic ocean, he was placed on decompression chamber for another 60 hours where his body pressure was returned to normal because his body had absorbed fatal amount of nitrogen
He would have died if he was exposed to outside air because his heart wouldn’t have been able to pump back on land, it was full of gas after spending 60 hours at the depth of salty and freezing seawater of Atlantic Ocean.
Harrison Okene could only described his survival as a “miracle”, he has written a book titled “Sixty Hours Underwater” where he explained his miraculous survival at the depth of the Atlantic ocean for three days.
He, whoever, disclosed that “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,” he said.
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