Cook rescued after being trapped in shipwreck with dead mates

CW39
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WARRI, NIGERIA – Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started off the Nigerian coast aboard a tugboat ship.

The boat was known as the Jascon 4, with 12 men straight and true.  It towed a Chevron tanker, on a job to be the last for the crew.

You’ve probably guessed by now that this is not the story of Gilligan’s Island.

But it is the amazing, true story of the rescue of Harrison Okene, the only one to survive the capsizing of the tug back in May.

Nearly three days after the accident, a diver searching for bodies saw a frightening form emerge from the murky deep.

A hand!

It was the hand of Harrison Okene, who had found an air pocket that allowed him to survive.

The light from the diver’s mask broke the pitch-black darkness to reveal the 29-year-old Okene, shivering in the freezing water, his skin beginning to peel.

He told rescuers he was in the toilet when the tug capsized, leaving him 100 feet below the surface, breathing from a small pocket of air, and listening to the fish feast on the bodies of his friends.

The ship’s cook and the diver took about a half-an-hour to reach the surface.

He then spent the next two days in a decompression chamber.

Now he and his rescuer have a big fish story to tell, only he’s the one who got away.

Popular

CW39 HOUSTON NO WAIT WEATHER + TRAFFIC

GET THE NEW CW39 APP

Weather Headlines - Adam Krueger

Carwash forecast - Star Harvey

7-day forecast - Star Harvey

High temperatures Thursday - Adam Krueger

Radar History

Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl team up for a pandemic anthem

Hey Houston! Children's Museum Houston needs your vote

Spring Into Car Care 1

Rain levels through Friday - Star Harvey

ERCOT Weather Power Request - Meteorologist Adam Krueger Responds

Best Places To Bike

Apollo 13 Exhibit - Part 2- Sharron Melton

Gas Price Forecast

LOL Maggie and Star - Leduc Chocolates - Houston Happens 04102021

Houston Happens - Maggie Flecknoe and Star Harvey 04102021

Pentagon investigating UFO images - Mystery Wire

Active 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected

FEATURED STORIES

More Featured

CRIME

More Crime

Local Headlines

More Local

Don't Miss