Harrison Okeyn. 60 hours at a depth of 30 meters with a cube of oxygen!

Perhaps one of the most bizarre and unbelievable cases of human survivability took a little more than a month ago, when the lift, inverted wave went to the bottom, becoming a tomb for all the crew, except for one person and that is: Harrison Okeyn. This nondescript-looking man was able to hold on to a depth of 30 meters, locked in a latrine and having to breathe the air of 1.2 meters, 60 hours!

May 26, 2013 at 4:50 am local time Okeyn Harrison, cook Nigerian tug Jascon-4, suddenly became the only living person on the ship. As sometimes happens in towing operations, aircraft framed wave, and because of the rough seas, he turned over. Ten other crew members were killed, and one that is called, was gone.

At the time of tipping the cook was in a tiny latrine, which played a significant role in further developments. After trying to get out, he was faced with the incoming water with lightning speed, and therefore retreated to another latrine, where accidentally left an air bubble height of 1.2 m:

Here is this bubble heroic Nigerian and breathed the next 60 hours. How? Why? Is that possible? Physicist Max Umansky, who works at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA), carefully looked closely at what has happened and report.

Tug type Jascon-4 is not designed to operate on the high seas in rough weather, but, as is often the case, it is regularly used for this purpose. (Here and below illustrate AP Photos / Sunday Alamba.)

In order to survive for two and a half days a person weighing Harrison Okeny need about 27 cubic meters of air. But even if the air in coca was, he certainly would have died from poisoning by carbon dioxide gas is released during respiration.

With the volume of air can still somehow manage: the ship turned over and sank a 30-meter depth, where the air was compressed by the incoming water about four times. But even then the need for survival was a bubble the size of a cube with an edge of 1.8 m to the latrine was dark all these 60 hours, says physicist and Okeyn could underestimate its size due to stress. However, the cook just assured that the seats were not there, and to keep his head above water, he had to take the sink, otherwise it does not bubble up to get it. Riddle? — It is.

Okay, but what to do with carbon dioxide? As suggested by Mr. Umansky, the main danger was not even the fact that its concentration can reach lethal values. Even a relatively small 5% can cause loss of consciousness, which is clearly not allowed to keep his head above the drowned with water.

Okeyn Harrison, a 29-year-old Nigerian, who managed produrzhatsya 60 hours at a very low temperature in a capsized vessel at a depth of 30 meters. Almost a record-breaker in this "sport."

In general, the scientist believes that the cook had survived only because the carbon dioxide is highly soluble in water — much better than the other components of air, for example, nitrogen or oxygen.

Note that the survival of the Nigerian shocked not only the physics of Uman: divers, get close to the wreck in two and a half days after the capsizing, sought only corpses, because, based on the practice, believed that one can not spend 60 hours under water and survive. When Okeyn suddenly appeared in front of them and started waving his hands (as far as was possible in the water), divers could not believe their eyes.

In general, the case Okeyny confirms an old truth: even if you think that salvation is impossible, this is not always the case.

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