After two days trapped in cold water and breathing from an air bubble in an upturned tugboat 100 feet beneath the surface, ship’s cook Harrison Okene was sure he was going to die. Then he saw a flashlight.
Okene, 29, was on board the Jascon-4 tugboat when it capsized on May 26 because of heavy Atlantic ocean swells around 20 miles off the coast of Nigeria.
Of the 12 people on board, divers recovered 10 dead bodies while a remaining crew member has not been found.
Somehow Okene survived, breathing inside a four foot high bubble of air as it shrunk in the waters slowly rising from the ceiling of the tiny toilet and adjoining bedroom where he sought refuge.
"I was there in the water in total darkness just thinking it's the end. I kept thinking the water was going to fill up the room but it did not," Okene said.