A fatal marine accident May 26 off Nigeria produced tragedy — and a remarkable story of survival.
After the tug Jacson 4 sank in heavy weather, divers recovered 10 bodies from the sunken ship and crew was still missing.
Miraculously, however, the ship’s cook was found alive after spending roughly two days inside the sunken vessel at a depth of about 100 feet.
“The fact this person survived is incredible,’ commented former U.S. Navy Salvage Officer Patrick Keenan. “After spending two days at 30 meters of depth, he had become saturated, meaning his body had absorbed all the pressurized gases and equalized with the surrounding water pressure. Bringing him to surface from that depth, and after having been saturated at 3 or 4 atmospheres, could easily have killed him.”