It's not every day that maritime attorneys come across miracles like this. A Chinese offshore platform worker, who was trapped in a twisted steel pipe 18 meters below the sea, has been rescued after spending 80 hours inside the pipe. The 43-year-old seaman's ordeal began when he was working at the bottom of the pipe on an offshore platform. The pipe extended 80 meters into the sea, and all was going well, until sudden tidal pressure crushed the pipe. The upper section of the pipe was squeezed to just 3 cm, trapping the man inside the crushed pipe. Crew members were able to send in food and water through a tube into the pipe. The worker also received psychological counseling as he awaited rescue. That moment finally came after workers used a blowtorch to cut out the section of the pipe from the sea. It was a complicated and daring rescue mission, and fortunately, it was successful. The seaman has suffered no serious injuries, but had to be rushed to the hospital as a precautionary measure. It's hard to imagine the kind of ordeal the worker was put through, and fortunately, he seems to have made it through with few physical injuries. However, it'll probably be a while before this man can begin working again. It's an illustration of the kind of unimaginable dangers that offshore workers face every day. Image Courtesy: Flickr – jurvetson
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