The sole survivor of the Jascon 4, Harrison Okene was the cook in a crew consisting of 12 members. He was in the bathroom when the boat capsized. The Jascon 4 was upside down in a depth about 100 feet with eleven of its crew dead.
Trapped in an air pocket with only one bottle of coke and two flashlights he’d founded, Okene survived for 60 hours, praying to God. He described his surroundings black and noisy as the boat began to sink. He was aware of loud sounds as marine life fought over what he thought was the corpses of his crewmates.
Almost three days later, a team was sent to recover the bodies and remains of the men. Okene heard a hammering sound from afar. He jumped in the freezing water and tried to gain the diver’s attention. He touched the back of his head and waved his hands in front of the camera.
The diver shouted into the speak that he’d found a survivor. They put a diving helmet and a harness onto him. They used hot water to warm him up and attached an oxygen mask to him. Okene had to remain in a decompression chamber for 60 hours before he could return to the surface.
Some Nigerians believe he’d saved himself using black magic. Now, Okene has sworn never to return to the sea and has taken the job as a cook on land and suffers from nightmares and survivor’ guilt.