Sunken Tugboat Survivor Recovering

8:48 AM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
Harrison Odjegba Okene reacts as a rescue diver surfaces into the air pocket which has kept Okene alive for nearly three days, recorded by the diver's headcam. (Photo: DCN Diving via AP)
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Harrison Okene stretches 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 pan over, you can see the tiny space where Okene was able to breathe: just a 4-foot pocket of air.

In the video, the rescuer straps 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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