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Remarkable video footage emerges of moment Nigerian man trapped for three days in sunken ship beneath the ocean is discovered by divers

Nigerian sailor Harrison Okene was able to survive for more than 60 hours in an upturned boat 30 metres below the surface

ROB WILLIAMS

Published 03/12/2013 | 15:45

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Remarkable footage has emerged of the moment rescue divers discovered a man alive inside a sunken ship which capsized off the Nigerian coast in bad weather.

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Nigerian sailor Harrison Okene was able to survive for more than 60 hours in an upturned boat 30 metres below the surface.

His story, when it emerged in June, led to him being described as a 'a phenomenon' for managing to survive in an air pocket for that length of time at depths considered a significant hazard by most divers.

The divers who found Mr Okene were carrying out an operation to recover dead bodies, but were astonished to discover him still alive. Okene had survived after being thrown from a bathroom when the boat turned over and miraculously managing to find an air pocket.

He had managed to stay alive by drinking sips of Coca-Cola.

According to The Guardian on discovering Mr Okene rescuers became concerned that he might panic. He had also absorbed potentially fatal amounts of nitrogen.

Mr Okene was given diving equipment and placed in a diving bell before being returned slowly to the surface. He subsequently spent two days in a decompression chamber.

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