Man under a ship - level 3

Man under a ship - level 3

10-12-2013 14:00

“What’s that? Oh, okay. Alright, you found one, yeah?”

“He is alive! He is alive!”

“Okay, keep him there. Keep him there.”

“Alright, just hold him there, okay? Just keep him there.”

Footage of the miraculous moment that a Nigerian man is discovered, who’d been trapped under an upturned boat for nearly three days.

“Just reassure him. Pat him on the shoulder. Okay. Alright. Alright. Alright, show him the harness. Put this on.”

After days spent in the freezing cold water, 29 year old Harrison Okene was sure he was going to die before a torch pierced the darkness.

“Drink some water. Drink it buddy. Drink it. He hasn’t drunken much, eh?”

“No, he’s almost finished it.”

“Oh, he’s almost finished it. Okay, sorry. Alright, tell him. What’s wrong with him?”

“He says he’s cold.”

“Ah. What’s cold? The water?”

“The water cold? Yeah, he says the water’s cold.”

“Alright, get him out of the water. We don’t want hypothermia.”

Okene, who was a cook on board a tugboat that capsized off the Nigerian coast survived his ordeal by breathing inside a four-foot-high (1.2 meters) air bubble as it shrunk in the waters, slowly rising from the ceiling of the tiny toilet where he sought refuge.

“We’re putting the headphone on so you can breathe, okay? You mustn’t panic, eh? You must listen to me, alright? Alright, we’re going to take you in the water and we’re going to take you to the bell. Okay.” And then we’re going to bring you home, okay? Alright.”

The footage shows Okene, the only survivor of the accident, being fitted with an oxygen mask before being taken to the surface more than 60 hours after the ship first sank.

“Good job, my friend. Well done. You’re a survivor!”

Difficult words: miraculous (unbelievable), reassure (to make somebody calmer and less worried), harness (set of bands used to hold someone in a place), pierce (if light pierces something, you suddenly see it), buddy (friend), hypothermia (when you’re too cold), tugboat (small ship that pulls bigger ships), capsize (turn over), ordeal (very difficult experience), refuge (safe place).

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