Someone get this gentleman a beer (above) — and make sure he only has to cook for pleasure for the rest of his life!
Harrison Odjegba Okene was a chef on a tugboat in the Atlantic Ocean off the Nigerian coast that upended back in June when it sank to the bottom of the ocean, and he became trapped in an air pocket. It wasn't until people came to salvage the bodies from ship that he was found to be alive!
Oh and there's VIDEO of the whole thing (below)!
The video only surfaced (pun intended) this week, and has since gone viral. If you have to ask why, we don't think we're selling how incredible this is enough: he spent 72 hours underwater at a depth of 100 feet when the other 11 seamen aboard the Jascon 4 died.
It wasn't until one of the recovery divers saw a hand and went to grab it and the hand grabbed back that anyone knew there was a survivor! Here's what one of the salvage crew said in an interview:
"The diver acknowledged that he had seen the hand and then, when he went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him! It was frightening for everybody. 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."
One of the most amazing parts of this is that he couldn't have lasted much longer in the air pocked — he was almost COMPLETELY out of air!
Here's what Okene said:
"I was dazed and everywhere was dark as I was thrown from one end of the small cubicle to another."
Apparently he was in the restroom when the ship sank, and felt his way through the darkness before he discovered some tools and a life vest with two flashlights. He then deemed the cabin he was in safe, and then WAITED.
He even heard the sound of fish, shark or barracudas eating and fighting over something in the dark. We don't even want to imagine what, but we all have an idea.
As the waters rose, he made a rack on top of a platform and piled two mattresses on top.
"I started calling on the name of God. … I started reminiscing on the verses I read before I slept. I read the Bible from Psalm 54 to 92. My wife had sent me the verses to read that night when she called me before I went to bed."
He only had one bottle of Coke, which now has the best marketing campaign in the history of sodas!
The diver who rescued him used hot water to warm him up, then attached him to an oxygen mask. He was put into a decompression chamber and then saw the light of day once more.
We mean… what can we even say about this? It's absolutely incrediballz!! You have to watch it go down!!
The 31-year-old athlete sure has been busy the last couple months from making press rounds and talking about his darker days to having a baby! However, it seems Phelps always had his eye on the prize as he just qualified for the Olympic games for his FIFTH time, making him the FIRST American male swimmer to do so!
The United States Olympic Team took to Twitter to share: