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Man Survives 3 Days in Boat's Air Bubble, 100 Feet Under the Ocean (Video)

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An amazing rescue that happened back in May has recently gone viral on the web.

A Nigerian cook, Harrison Okene, survived in an air bubble inside a sunken tugboat 100 feet under the Atlantic Ocean for three days, May 26-29.

The video of divers rescuing Okene has gotten more than 700,000 views in one day on YouTube.

Okene prayed to God for a miracle and survived by breathing a small supply of oxygen in an air pocket in the boat, notes the Associated Press.

Dressed only in boxer shorts in freezing water, Okene read a Bible verse that his wife had sent him by text: "Oh God, by your name, save me... The Lord sustains my life."

Divers from the Dutch company DCN Diving were sent to the scene to look for dead bodies because they were working on an oil field 75 miles away.

Four dead bodies had already been found, so the divers assumed Okene had also drowned, until he moved his hand.

"The diver acknowledged that he had seen the hand and then, when he went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him!" DCN Diving's Tony Walker told the Associated Press yesterday.

"It was frightening for everybody," added Walker. "For the guy that was trapped because he didn't know what was happening. It was a shock for the diver while he was down there looking for bodies, and we [in the control room] shot back when the hand grabbed him on the screen."

"He was incredibly lucky he was in an air pocket but he would have had a limited time... he wouldn't be able to breathe anymore," stated Walker.

Okene was in the toilet when the tugboat, which was towing an oil tanker, suddenly lurched, turned over and sank. He made his way out of the toilet, propped doors open until he finally found a cabin in the sunken boat that felt safe.

He had Coca-Cola to drink, but the salt water had begun to take off skin off his body and tongue, notes the BBC.

Divers used hot water to warm Okene up and attached an oxygen mask to him before returning the cook to the surface, reports The Guardian.

Sources: Associated Press, The Guardian, BBC, YouTube

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