"The divers had already pulled up four bodies. So when a hand appeared on the TV screen Walker was monitoring in the rescue boat, showing what the diver in the Jascon saw, everybody assumed it was another corpse." Harrison Odjegba Okene survived three days of darkness and isolation when he was trapped in a sunken tugboat, breathing from an air bubble and listening to the sounds of his shipmates being eaten by fish. His amazing rescue hit the news this spring. (Previously
.) The actual video of his rescue has now been widely distributed. Short version. Long version
, with an appropriate but inappropriate piece of jaunty music at the end.
posted by maudlin
on Dec 4, 2013 -
On March 26, 2010, the ROKS Cheonan, a South Korean navy ship, exploded and sunk
, killing at least forty sailors. On May 19, an international investigation team concluded that a North Korean torpedo sunk the Cheonan.
What does this mean for the Koreas and the world? It's not clear, but Ask a Korean
provides a brief, yet historically contextualized dossier
on this issue. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on May 25, 2010 -
When the Waves Turn the Minutes to Hours
It's been 30 years since Lake Superior November gales claimed the Great Lakes ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.
The sinking immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot
is also documented at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
on a spit of land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan a mere squinting distance on a clear day from where the Fitz actually went down.
Here in Detroit, of course, the bells will ring at Mariner's Church
-- where a lone priest reacted to the sinking by ringing the church's bells 29 times, once for each man lost.
(previously discussed (kinda) here
posted by chandy72
on Nov 10, 2005 -