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Cook survives in sunk ship's air pocket for sixty hours, found by salvage divers

Discussion in 'The Beach Bar' started by CEngelbrecht, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. CEngelbrecht

    CEngelbrecht Well-Known Member

  2. Apneaddict

    Apneaddict Well-Known Member

    If he's able to speak about it and be articulate, he could easily parlay that experience into a motivational speaking career and book deal.

    Does it make sense that he needed 60 hrs of decompression? Not sure the air he was breathing was compressed, just ambient air that was trapped and sunk 30m in a heavy / rigid pocket (ship's hull). At most his torso was submerged.

    It was basically like a submarine, from what I can tell.

    I think that would frustrate me as much as the first 60 hrs in the air pocket!

    Note that I know nothing about SCUBA - I'm a Freediver purist, so some of this decompression stuff isn't second nature.
  3. 60 hrs in cold water, in the dark, alone, on the bottom of the sea - I'd go bonkers :)

    Re. pressure: take a sub and submerge it to 30 meters. Internal pressure is 1ATM. Breach the hull and allow seawater at 4ATM in, and you have the same scenario: ambient pressure will affect trapped air pockets and pressurize them. Hence the need to decompress. Sound right?
  4. Yeti

    Yeti Guest

    Probably not the most pleasant way to spend 60hrs........although it could have been in the engine room with nothing to eat! Lucky cook!
  5. BatRay

    BatRay Forum Mentor Staff Member Forum Mentor

    Seems like the decompression is a reasonable precaution. It would be unfortunate if he survived his ordeal underwater, only to die of decompression sickness. I wouldn't blame him if he never looked at the sea again.
  6. Bill McIntyre

    Bill McIntyre San Clemente, CA Staff Member Supporter Forum Mentor

    It wasn't just reasonable, it was essential. He had been breathing air at the same pressure as ambient water pressure, exactly as if he had been using scuba gear.
  7. CEngelbrecht

    CEngelbrecht Well-Known Member

    Cudos for picking up on it while being down there and not just saying, "We have to get this dude out right now!"
    Somebody buy 'em a beer, if you meet them. And Okene, too.
  8. CEngelbrecht

    CEngelbrecht Well-Known Member

  9. HA! Good for him. I probably would have eaten my speargun 10 hours into it thinking I was never gonna be rescued.
  10. neutrino

    neutrino Active Member

    SIngle chance is a galaxy of hope.
  11. CEngelbrecht

    CEngelbrecht Well-Known Member

    Recently released video from the salvage divers:

    Circa 5.45 in, you hear the topside supervisor go:
    "F(...)ing hell, I don't know what we're gonna do now."
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2013