Harrison Okene Gives ‘Jonah and the Whale’ a Reality TV Show


Trivia: Which former NBA player is taking his game to new heights in North Korea? (Answer below)

There’s nothing new under the sun. If it happened before it can happen again. That might be how to explain Harrison Okene’s rescue after three days in the belly of the ocean. The boat he was in capsized and others on the ship didn’t make it. It’s like Okene gave ‘Jonah and the Whale’ a Reality TV show.

As divers set out on a recovery mission, they might not have expected to find any survivors. Okene’s crew ran into rough waters. The boat sank around 100 feet below the surface. The salt water began to peel his skin. For three days Okene lived on Coca Cola. He survived because of a pocket of air under the boat.

As he looks back over the events Okene feels this was a miracle. It was so dark he couldn’t see anything. He could hear the fish feeding off the dead bodies. The smell of decay was all around him as the air quality became worst. With the growing feeling of despair it was only natural for him to call on God.

Some skeptics might say it was a lucky break while believers might point to the Jonah story. It’s hard to prove that this was a modern-day miracle. At least it’s a real story for the inspirational highlight reel. In life when you hope an unexpected lifeline comes along, you find strength in your heart with prayer or a song.

Okene has been traumatized by the experience. He had to spend about 60 hours in a decompression chamber after he was found. At home while at rest he keeps feeling as if the bed is sinking. But he knows if this were a Reality TV show, at the end of the episode he would have to give credit where it’s due.

Tip: When you can’t explain a lifeline any other way then it’s only right to give credit where credit is due.

Answer: Dennis Rodman

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