August 7, 2005

"My feelings danced. I was happy. I cried."

Said the wife of one of the seven men rescued after three days in a submarine entangled in a fishing net 600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
The men aboard the mini-sub waited out tense hours of uncertainty as rescuers raced to free them before their air supply ran out. They put on thermal suits to insulate them against temperatures of about 40 F inside the sub and were told to lie flat and breathe as lightly as possible to conserve oxygen.

To save electricity, they turned off the submarine's lights and used communications equipment only sporadically to contact the surface.

"The crew were steadfast, very professional," Pepelyayev said on Channel One television. "Their self-possession allowed them to conserve the air and wait for the rescue operation."

UPDATE: What did the men think about, lying in the dark, breathing lightly, in limbo between life and death? Such a deep meditation! Are they not enlightened?

2 comments:

Finn Kristiansen said...

Bet they all believe in a deity if they did not before.

Keith said...

Funny that this post of yours only got one comment. :-) I think it actually is a fascinating question as to what they thought about and talked together about in the dark deep. Did people freak out? How did they deal with their roller coaster of emotions? Facing death, not for an instant, but for hour after hour, day after day, probably changed each one of them personally forever. It would be interesting to read a book or a play about what went on while they waited.