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(Gizmodo)   The dramatic rescue of a survivor trapped three days in a sunken ship; there is video of it   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 84
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2013-12-03 01:01:28 AM  
Coca-Cola: It's a lifesaver
 
2013-12-03 01:30:26 AM  
I just watched this. Incredible. Im so glad he got out. Poor guy.......
 
2013-12-03 01:30:52 AM  
Amen. Sing it brother Monty.
 
2013-12-03 01:31:12 AM  
He survived in a small air pocket, completely in the dark, for three days-avoiding dehydration by drinking Coca-Cola.

How does he know?
 
2013-12-03 01:32:41 AM  
So I guess his "widow" won't be needing my bank account information to transfer his 100 million dollar American life insurance funds to her in Nigeria...in exchange for a small fee...for my inconvenience?
 
2013-12-03 01:33:09 AM  
Woah . . . I can only imagine the level of hypothermia this guy would have had after three days. The ocean is mighty cold at 100 feet. Let alone sitting for 72 hours - trapped in the dark of an overturned vessel/coffin.

Damn.
 
2013-12-03 01:37:03 AM  
Why didn't he just swim up? Sharks?
 
2013-12-03 01:37:26 AM  
Too bad about Gene Hackman though.
 
2013-12-03 01:40:42 AM  
HOLY MOTHER of CHRIST!!!

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why didn't he just swim up? Sharks?


100ft is a short walk but a long distance to rise from. You'll die in short order due to the bends. Assuming your lungs don't explode due to changes in gas pressure and an inexperienced diver. Plus everything was in the dark. Hard to do anything when you're blind and not accustomed to it.
 
2013-12-03 01:42:59 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why didn't he just swim up? Sharks?


That was my first thought too until I soon figured out at least a dozen reasons why not.
 
2013-12-03 01:43:48 AM  
An air pocket so big he could breathe for 3 days on it?  Hard to believe.
 
2013-12-03 01:45:01 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why didn't he just swim up? Sharks?


he had to get Shelley Winters through the ship first.
 
2013-12-03 01:50:22 AM  

new_york_monty: Coca-Cola: It's a lifesaver


Maybe the carbonation helped counteract those nitrogen bubbles?
 
2013-12-03 01:52:50 AM  

log_jammin: He survived in a small air pocket, completely in the dark, for three days-avoiding dehydration by drinking Coca-Cola.

How does he know?


Because it tastes like Pepsi?
 
2013-12-03 01:53:01 AM  
Wow. All I can say is wow. Lucky man to survive the wreck, even luckier to be rescued in time.
 
2013-12-03 01:53:47 AM  
You couldn't pay me enough to be a deep sea diver.... fark that.
 
2013-12-03 01:54:27 AM  
Sounds like he was rescued by Kenny from South Park.
 
2013-12-03 01:57:14 AM  

SearchN: Wow. All I can say is wow. Lucky man to survive the wreck, even luckier to be rescued in time.


And crazy unlucky to be in a wreck in the first place.
 
2013-12-03 01:59:46 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why didn't he just swim up? Sharks?


well, you know how 'they' are when it comes to swimming...
gah, i made myself hate me.
www.roflcat.com
if that were me they would have just found another bloated corpse.
nightmare fuel there.
 
2013-12-03 02:00:50 AM  
holy crap. Let's presume for a moment that I was stupid/brave enough to be a rescue diver. If I found a (presumed) corpse that grabbed my hand, I would have ripped his arm off, probably my mask, and promptly died on the spot. My deepest dive was around 40 feet, and ended up with a bloody nose. Stuck with snorkeling after that.

Kudos also to the dive control guy. He did a fantastic job all around.
 
2013-12-03 02:03:40 AM  

Argyle82: You couldn't pay me enough to be a deep sea diver.... fark that.


Diving is fun as hell, man. You should try it!
 
2013-12-03 02:06:28 AM  

doglover: SearchN: Wow. All I can say is wow. Lucky man to survive the wreck, even luckier to be rescued in time.

And crazy unlucky to be in a wreck in the first place.


Agreed.

/I hate the water. Almost drowned once due to some asshole ex-friends pulling a prank.
//Severe ass kicking was issued afterwards.
 
2013-12-03 02:12:08 AM  

danielscissorhands: log_jammin: He survived in a small air pocket, completely in the dark, for three days-avoiding dehydration by drinking Coca-Cola.

How does he know?

Because it tastes like Pepsi?


He was the cook. He probably knew what kind of cola he had in the ship's pantry.
 
2013-12-03 02:13:13 AM  

no clever name here just move along: I just watched this. Incredible. Im so glad he got out. Poor guy.......


www.wearysloth.com
 
2013-12-03 02:16:10 AM  
Coca Cola PR stunt.
 
2013-12-03 02:16:41 AM  

Mrbogey: HOLY MOTHER of CHRIST!!!

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why didn't he just swim up? Sharks?

100ft is a short walk but a long distance to rise from. You'll die in short order due to the bends. Assuming your lungs don't explode due to changes in gas pressure and an inexperienced diver. Plus everything was in the dark. Hard to do anything when you're blind and not accustomed to it.


You CAN surface from 100ft, but no-decompression bottom time at 100ft is under 30 minutes. After an hour under you'd be trapped unless you had some sort of air source to do some decompression stops partway out. An attempt at an unassisted swim out would be unhealthy.

4atm (approx pressure at 100ft) is more than the vapor pressure in a can of coca cola heated up to 90F. Although the irony tag is salivating considering he survived on bottled soda, this would end badly.

/Mentos anyone?
 
2013-12-03 02:18:29 AM  
That sounds like what hell must be like.

I don't actually believe in hell, but if it existed, this would be it.
 
2013-12-03 02:22:44 AM  
What's up with the Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii reverb?
 
2013-12-03 02:25:38 AM  
And then the Otisburg music???
 
2013-12-03 02:25:54 AM  
This simply defies belief. Even if he didn't die in the sinking, after three days it's incredible he hadn't died of hypothermia. (Even with water temps in the 70s, you can die in anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days, and I doubt it was that warm at 30 meters.)

He's doubtless badly traumatized, and he went through one hell of a horrifying experience, but he's nonetheless one amazingly lucky man.
 
2013-12-03 02:27:56 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Why didn't he just swim up? Sharks?


I suspect same reason Ted Kennedy's girlfriend didn't. Trapped in an air pocket, and it's dark and scary outside. With the speed it went down (in that he wasn't able to get outside the tug) he probably wasn't even in a position to do anything until he got to the bottom.
 
2013-12-03 02:30:26 AM  
Try as I might, I cannot get this video to fit on my screen. Any advice would be appreciated.
 
2013-12-03 02:34:17 AM  
Just keep watching. The guy eventually makes an effort to fix the text, and it seems to be the only thing off.
 
2013-12-03 02:49:58 AM  
Even though I knew what was going to happen,  I shuddered uncontrollably when that hand moved.
It reminded me of the Paris sewer scenes from World War Z.
I'm going to have nightmares now.
 
2013-12-03 03:00:19 AM  
I'm impressed the trapped guy had the strength and the presence of mind after being trapped for 3 days to actually swim out when he was geared up, especially since he presumably had no dive experience.

If he'd panicked on the way out of the ship both he and the rescuer could have been farked.
 
2013-12-03 03:13:42 AM  

Igor Jakovsky: I'm impressed the trapped guy had the strength and the presence of mind after being trapped for 3 days to actually swim out when he was geared up, especially since he presumably had no dive experience.

If he'd panicked on the way out of the ship both he and the rescuer could have been farked.


Let's not forget, after seeing his shipmates being eaten by fish, he didn't flinch when something touched his hand.
 
2013-12-03 03:16:01 AM  
It's always the chef that survives these ordeals, isn't it?

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/africa/nigerian-chef-survives-u nd er-the-sea-for-two-days-in-shipwreck-air-pocket-29340357.html

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120122/news/news1.html

And they're always black.

Apparently, black people deal well with being stuck on ships under gruelling circumstances - who woulda thunk?
 
2013-12-03 03:21:32 AM  
I remember this story. Definitely did NOT turn out how I thought it would.

Hands up--who else was having [Russian submarine] Kursk flashbacks on first reading about this?
 
2013-12-03 03:26:08 AM  
phrawgh:

Looks like you were thinking the same think I was.
 
2013-12-03 03:39:41 AM  
Amazing story and I am sure that diver needed to clean out his suit when the hand grabbed him. He was fortunate in many ways it was a deep dive so they had the equipment to handle decompression on site otherwise he may not have survived the trip back to the surface.  I am amazed at his condition although the air pocket size in the video shows he could get mostly out of the water which probably helped him maintain his body temperature.

There are a couple reasons he probably didn't attempt to get out earlier beyond being scared if he thought about it.

1.  The ship capsized in heavy weather.  A tug just doesn't flip over for the heck of it and rescue efforts were called off to the storms.  Lets say he had immediately got out and to the surface, the weather would have killed him quickly.

2. Once on the bottom and in the dark in a ship no longer upright, it is incredible disorienting so he may not have even made it out of the ship if he tried to move, much less making it outside the ship and then 100 ft to the surface.

3. Swimming that far unassisted, in the dark, and without oxygen would be very difficult in the best of circumstances and if you had trained and practiced the scenario for months.  Add to it suffering hypothermia and unknown swimming capability and he might as well put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

4. The decompression issue may not have even been known to him, but if aware he would have realized he couldn't get out without dying a painful death before drowning
 
2013-12-03 03:49:55 AM  

pedobearapproved: I suspect same reason Ted Kennedy's girlfriend didn't. Trapped in an air pocket, and it's dark and scary outside. With the speed it went down (in that he wasn't able to get outside the tug) he probably wasn't even in a position to do anything until he got to the bottom.


And he's a chef, not a member of the deck crew. Not only is it dark and scary, he probably has no idea if he's 20 feet from the surface, or 2000 feet. Nor any certainty how the hell to get out of the ship, where he is inside the ship, how far it is to the next air bubble in the dark, and what he would even do if he got to the surface.
 
2013-12-03 03:51:23 AM  
Wow just wow, Nobody should ever have to be in that kind of aweful situation.
Bless the divers!
 
2013-12-03 04:04:23 AM  
Stewie Griffin GET'S shiat DONE when he's manning the radio.
 
2013-12-03 04:13:27 AM  

Public Savant: It's always the chef that survives these ordeals, isn't it?

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/africa/nigerian-chef-survives-u nd er-the-sea-for-two-days-in-shipwreck-air-pocket-29340357.html

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120122/news/news1.html

And they're always black.

Apparently, black people deal well with being stuck on ships under gruelling circumstances - who woulda thunk?


Your first link is about this guy. The event took place in June. The video's new. Although around 8:45, after being told the guy was the cook, the dive controller (or whatever you call him) comments, "they always survive."
 
2013-12-03 04:16:32 AM  

sleeps in trees: Igor Jakovsky: I'm impressed the trapped guy had the strength and the presence of mind after being trapped for 3 days to actually swim out when he was geared up, especially since he presumably had no dive experience.

If he'd panicked on the way out of the ship both he and the rescuer could have been farked.

Let's not forget, after seeing his shipmates being eaten by fish, he didn't flinch when something touched his hand.


I would have screamed like a little girl if I was either the cook or the diver and than die from heart failure. Although it would be a lot funnier as the diver with the helium and all...
 
2013-12-03 05:14:41 AM  
the helium voices are cracking me up
 
2013-12-03 05:26:05 AM  
"... hello?"
"i can hear the fish eating my friends... *chomp chomp chomp chomp*"
"it stinks like shiat in here!"


/No one's getting that
//I'm dying laughing though.
 
2013-12-03 06:24:53 AM  
So...he was just a cook?
 
2013-12-03 06:48:22 AM  
Why did they fill the divers tanks with helium instead of air.
 
2013-12-03 06:51:51 AM  

boyd1031: Why did they fill the divers tanks with helium instead of air.


Helps prevent the bends I believe.
 
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