Survivor found in air pocket inside capsized ship

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Published on 18 Oct 2020, 9:13
A man has been found alive after divers investigated a capsized boat just off the coast of Istanbul.

The ship's cook, known only as Cemal, was found trapped in an air pocket below deck.

The fishing boat capsized with 13 people on board and two men reportedly lost their lives.

In the video, Turkish police divers search the boat to find Cemal standing in one part of the ship. He is given a diving mask and breathing apparatus and he is guided out to safety.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said: “I congratulate our coast guards for saving brother Cemal and 10 other fishermen during a dramatic rescue operation after the fishing boat capsized in the early hours of the morning.”

After the incident, Cemal said: “I am a chef on the boat. While my colleagues were working on the deck, I was sleeping down here. Then the boat capsized.

“There was a space where I could breathe next to the engine where seawater could not get in. I was trapped there.

“I waited for four hours to be rescued and I was scared I would die there like that.

“Thank God the coast guard found me and saved me. I later learned that two of my friends died, I am so very sorry about that.”

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