The Man Who Survived for 18 Months On an Island After His Submarine Sank

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  • Howdy y'all, I've been seeing a lot of accusations flying around that this video is "clickbait." As a result, I'm changing the title slightly to more accurately get across that no, this guy did not survive for 18 months underwater lol. Anyway, if you're here you probably watch a lot of RealLifeLore videos, and if you watch a lot of RealLifeLore videos you'd probably like to see them early and ad-free and also see an upcoming 30 minute-long RealLifeLore special. You can get a free Nebula subscription with any CuriosityStream subscription and luckily for you, CuriosityStream just started running a sale where a yearly subscription is just $14.97. That's like, not a lot:

    RealLifeLoreRealLifeLoreJaar geleden
    • @Lolplayer247 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHha

      Lewis AlfersLewis Alfers12 dagen geleden
    • The title had me thinking he was marooned on a desert island, not shuttled from house to house, so in that sense it was still clickbait.

      l sl sMaand geleden
    • Dopey people are always going to be dopey……..Keep up the great work Sir

      Cully XCully XMaand geleden
    • @Matt Lemon Who cares about England anymore? Just the 2 states of CA and TX has more viewers.

      FvckYoutube'sCensorshipAndTheirAdBuyers UseAdblockFvckYoutube'sCensorshipAndTheirAdBuyers UseAdblockMaand geleden
    • @FvckNLflow'sCensorshipAndTheirAdBuyers UseAdblock The English speaking country of England is a Metric country.

      Matt LemonMatt LemonMaand geleden
  • Poor capes.

    Bonefetcher BrimleyBonefetcher Brimley4 dagen geleden
  • Looks like it came from a novel. The main character has been ridiculed but he knows the truth.

    rd nrd n6 dagen geleden
  • If he had pain in his lungs upon surfacing it is more likely he was suffering from a pneumothorax or mediastinal emphysema caused by pulmonary over inflation syndrome (POIS). The effects of POIS are more likely in a submarine escape. Assuming the internal pressure of the DISSUB was less than 1.5 atmospheres and pressurization in the escape tower/trunk was around a minute, the escapers only really had the probability of Type 1 decompression sickness which presents as pain in the joints, not the torso. It is likely he and his fellow escapers held their breath at some point on ascent causing POIS. He lucked out with a pneumothorax or mediastinal emphysema. The other escapers probably suffered an Arterial Gas Embolism (AGE) and were paralyzed, suffered from stroke, or heart attack upon surfacing. AGE is the real killer in Submarine Escape.

    Ray ParkerRay Parker8 dagen geleden
  • 3:48 "And so they knew that they would be breaking the world-record attempt for, up to that point, the deepest-ever escape." I doubt that they were thinking about world records at that moment.

    James SnJames Sn8 dagen geleden
  • Stories like this just prove to me, in many cases you die when you chose to die, if you don't think you are going to make it, you wont

    Matthew WilliamsMatthew Williams8 dagen geleden
  • Pretty sure this was in a book

    Simo KaruseSimo Karuse9 dagen geleden
  • 6:53 funny moment 😳

    Jack Spedicy2Jack Spedicy213 dagen geleden
  • Keep up the good work!

    The Christian GamerThe Christian Gamer18 dagen geleden
  • How does a submarine sink???

    KathanKathan20 dagen geleden
  • my suspicious side always thinks, what if this guy killed his survivor mates for their oxygen tanks.

    BloodBaathBloodBaath21 dag geleden
  • I hate to translate to meters everytime haha that sucks

    Josue MarquezJosue Marquez23 dagen geleden
  • "Survived for 18 months on an island"... Yeah, after being found and fed by locals. Fucking shit ass clickbait titles.

    Mr HecklesMr Heckles23 dagen geleden
  • Just IMAGINE surviving sinking, risking drowning and other things, then surviving 1.5yrs on a random island hiding from the Italians, and then be called a liar.

    antonioantonio23 dagen geleden
  • Uh

    Carlos FloresCarlos Flores27 dagen geleden
  • Stig Severinsen used just one breath to swim more than 200 meters underwater. (He used fins)

    John SmithJohn Smith27 dagen geleden
  • The title is still a bit weird even after the changes. It implies that that the impressive part of his survival was surviving 18 months on an island, which might have been the case if the island were uninhabited. While he did risk capture (and the locals hiding him risking execution) during the stay on the island, I'd say as concerns the issue of survining; anything he faced during the 18 months after reaching land is small-potatoes compared to the ordeal of escaping the submarine and swimming ashore while suffering from severe Decompression sickness

    AalienikAalienik29 dagen geleden
  • Your videos are great but you are speaking too fast. Please slow down, so that everybody can understand what you are talking about.

    Prakash ShenoyPrakash ShenoyMaand geleden
  • Survival story are just the best. Imagen if you go true something like this. Thats a man, thats a real man. And he dont need the medal for reword, he has the glory to be a legend for this days. And that he survive all this.

    Stanislav PetkovStanislav PetkovMaand geleden

    TQm kekTQm kekMaand geleden
  • subs can sink but they can go back up.

    Yeetius the MightyYeetius the MightyMaand geleden
  • Speaking of subs, Sub to RealLifeLore!

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  • I built a space ship after my submarine sank. In Subnautica

    Yahli VatineYahli VatineMaand geleden
  • Kefalonia is a beautiful place

    Christian ShmorhunChristian ShmorhunMaand geleden
  • His story should be a movie

    Clemens SClemens SMaand geleden
  • No one calls İzmir as "Smyrna" since 19th century but ok

    PoSeiDoNPoSeiDoNMaand geleden
  • What a load of bs. The world record for free diving without any assistance is 396 feet; and that is going all the way down and up in one single breath. I don't know what kind of bs the escape jacket is that can only last for 100 feet, which is less than a minute. Can you please do you research before posting videos of bullshit?

    Patrick WangPatrick WangMaand geleden
  • @ 6:54 “imposter!”

    blockdogblockdogMaand geleden
  • i ran out of air at 50ft. and did a controlled ascent. even hesitating 15ft below the surface

    nickcage633nickcage633Maand geleden
  • one word to describe this video, subanatica

    DundYTDundYTMaand geleden
  • Great storyline! Thank you!

    Peter KellyPeter KellyMaand geleden
  • 1:14 If 79 subs go down and only a fraction (or a single sailor) of 4 of them have any survivors, how are your odds of escape 5%? 5% is roughly 4 divided by 79, but the 4 escapes did NOT include the entire crews of those submarines. The individual sailor's odds of escape are MUCH, much lower.

    Mike TolenoMike TolenoMaand geleden
  • The scariest part was how nobody else reached the surface after they escaped the ship

    PleoryoPleoryoMaand geleden
  • I would never want to touch water again

    Cameron WolfeCameron WolfeMaand geleden
  • Subnautica be like

    HezenzhenHezenzhenMaand geleden
  • "They found the Sub exactly the way he described..", because in a cold, pitch black night he had the time and nerves to observe how the Sub has been situated on the bottom of the sea... xD

    Sanichuka kunSanichuka kunMaand geleden
  • Anyone that scuba dives knows there are a lot of technical errors in the narration of this video. The "bends" would not be an issue in this situation.

    abigmonkeyformeabigmonkeyformeMaand geleden
  • Respect to those greek fishermen for not snitching on him and helping him hide

    Ovid BambusaOvid BambusaMaand geleden
  • People hate every the truth

    mark Onemark OneMaand geleden
  • Too many commercials...I py for premium and don't mind some, yours are egregiously long.

    Philip ArgoPhilip ArgoMaand geleden
  • Subnautica irl

    David VíšekDavid VíšekMaand geleden
  • There is a major error in the narration concerning the bends which is unlikely to have been a problem. They were breathing air at atmospheric pressure until the time they flooded the escape chamber. There wouldn't have been enough time for high pressure air to have passed into the bloodstream. Therefore there were no dissolved gases to emerge from solution as bubbles inside the body tissues during ascent. The real precaution required is to exhale during ascent as the air in the lungs will expand. At 171 feet (52 m) the pressure would be about 5 bar above atmospheric. Air would expand by a factor of six during ascent.

    LEDniqueLEDniqueMaand geleden
  • This is BS, there is no chance that Capes would suffer from 'The Bends' or Decompression Illness since the interior of a submarine is kept at 1 atm the same pressure as we all experience on land so there is no decompression taking place. The biggest risk if they had air (they would not have had oxygen since that is toxic to breathe below 6M) is that they don't breathe out fast enough. As they ascend in the water column, the air in their lungs expands, if at 170ft (55m) they had held their breath their lungs would expand to an obviously fatal 6 times normal size, They would need to continuously breath out to avoid damage.

    Matt LemonMatt LemonMaand geleden
  • Not all heroes are Capes.

    Alex CooperAlex CooperMaand geleden
  • Subnautica.

    Juhász NimródJuhász NimródMaand geleden
  • Lol I really don't think they were worried about the Guinness book of records at the time good video tho 👍

    kevin twinekevin twineMaand geleden
  • 6:53

    Roelieboy204Roelieboy204Maand geleden
  • Aren't submarines supposed to sink??

    RileysFilmsRileysFilmsMaand geleden
  • Must have been watching a Gilligan rerun whilst struggling for a title for this yarn!

    Sea DogSea DogMaand geleden
  • I skimmed through the title and was disappointed to find that he did not spend 18 months in a sub on the bottom of the ocean.

    Aidan303Aidan303Maand geleden
  • Weird title…he survived a submarine sinking, being ona an island was completely irrelevant to the story

    capatheistcapatheistMaand geleden
  • 170 feet = about 52 meter 100 feet = about 30 meter 270 feet = 82 meter for the 95% of the population using the metric system!

    robontube12robontube12Maand geleden
  • wow Greeks are so nice!

    William ChoWilliam ChoMaand geleden
  • Just signed up to Curiosity Stream because of this video. Thanks for the discount : )

    Venture B.Venture B.Maand geleden
  • Moral of the story. Don’t tell stories no one will ever believe you.

    Ben LyonsBen LyonsMaand geleden
  • So he bailed out of a perfectly functioning sub

    DJ ScottdogDJ ScottdogMaand geleden
  • if we make stories for ppl that manage to swim 50 m up, then we will have stories couple of times a day everyday of the year XDD

    raccoonraccoonMaand geleden
  • why didnt they simply take more than one escape vest with them?

    JonsanJonsanMaand geleden
  • The fuck is smyrnia

    Barış KarakaşBarış KarakaşMaand geleden
  • As a Scuba diver I got to say there are some things that are just not correct. 1.They were not at threat of getting the BENS, 170ft for a couple seconds ain't gonna do that. The real issue is their lungs exploding, if they held their breath at any moment while swimming up your lungs will explode. This is why you see freedivers have a constant bubbles going out while ascending. 2.I'm able to freedive up to 50ft pretty easily, most friends can do 100ft with ease(so going 200ft in total on breath). The world record is 700ft, so 170ft one way WITH some oxygen would be VERY easy, if you knew what to do which is constant steady breaths. This does not take into account a lot though, fear can really mess with your breathing and I'm sure the soldiers were aware no one makes it out of a sunken sub. This fear probably killed them while trying to swim up. Why I believe the civilian made it out alive.

    Hudson DoHudson DoMaand geleden
  • That's not how the bends works. It requires time under pressure. A rapid asset like that would cause a gas expansion, likely bursting lungs, NOT causing nitrogen embolism. Different types of trauma.

    Dr. Pew PewDr. Pew PewMaand geleden
  • Not all heroes wear Capes.

    Munitia BlastpawMunitia BlastpawMaand geleden
  • This is like watching the nun

    Lusungu 1001Lusungu 1001Maand geleden
  • Well, I didnt think he survived underwater, but I definitely clicked because I thought he survived on a deserted island for 18 months. You didn't say deserted but ... whatever, interesting story. I just wish it was a cast away situation.

    unintentional provocateurunintentional provocateurMaand geleden
  • Did you change the title? Because surviving on the island for 18months is exactly what I was thinking, and why I clicked.

    unintentional provocateurunintentional provocateurMaand geleden
  • I survived 13 years after I jumped my airplane

    SW3AT NO NAM3SW3AT NO NAM3Maand geleden
  • my guy made it up because he killed the other 2 and took their oxygen

    SaltCitizenSaltCitizenMaand geleden
  • The true pond fittingly choke because responsibility totally develop an a poised city. giant, well-groomed approval

    Leona GonzalezLeona GonzalezMaand geleden
  • This is the adult version of the boy who cried wolf.

    criscrunkcriscrunk2 maanden geleden
  • Ah he had a vacation in Greece.

    tsifty1tsifty12 maanden geleden
  • Lol stupid submarines are supposed to sink under water

    The PkerThe Pker2 maanden geleden
  • every ACUC or PADI diver has to be able to do a 150 ft. free ascent, air expands rapidly in your lungs as you ascend, if you hold your breathe you will get an air embalism or blow a lung.

    Frey WayneFrey Wayne2 maanden geleden
  • But did he deliver that packge?

    Rob EdmundRob Edmund2 maanden geleden
  • please call the city names in their real names, there's no city called smyrna in Turkey, it's been called İzmir for centuries.

    Gorkem AltunGorkem Altun2 maanden geleden
  • "I survived 18 months alone" "I call this BS"

    Valentino TeraValentino Tera2 maanden geleden
  • I had no idea anyone EVER survived a sub sinking.

    Andrew BrownAndrew Brown2 maanden geleden
  • real life stranded deep

    ceo of sandceo of sand2 maanden geleden
  • That's what he gets for lying so much that he gets a reputation.

    gaslone79gaslone792 maanden geleden
  • Where can I find a man like this? What a hero

    XLoadezXLoadez2 maanden geleden
  • Do we all have to convert to metric every time you mention something by feet?

    Diesel MiroDiesel Miro2 maanden geleden
  • His middle name is probably Es. Makes sense that he survived

    Wasim HashmiWasim Hashmi2 maanden geleden
  • Lol, calling ww2 missions side quests

    CBanksCBanks2 maanden geleden

    Fret CollectorFret Collector2 maanden geleden
  • as a freediver, i think the depth was totally doable for an average athletic person, not to mention he had oxygen.

    LafeiArLafeiAr2 maanden geleden
  • Subnautica

    HomerHomer2 maanden geleden
  • He had a volleyball named Wilson.

    Don Hutchins IVDon Hutchins IV2 maanden geleden
  • Man, posthumous vindication is so sad. I'm sure the guy was just happy to be alive more than anything, but the dude definitely deserved to be believed.

    BradBrad2 maanden geleden
  • 6:53 amogus

    LuxuriantCarrotLuxuriantCarrot2 maanden geleden
  • John cape was called an impostor so he got voted out from life.

    Fariddudin Dzakir AlifFariddudin Dzakir Alif2 maanden geleden
  • I would have stayed on Kefalonia.

    Giles HeatonGiles Heaton2 maanden geleden
  • Not seeing the sun for months? Oh nooooo.....

    the_grimlinthe_grimlin2 maanden geleden
  • I survived on an island for over 50 years after my canoe turned over. Been living in the same flat for 27 years and I even have a job at a 7/11 on this island. Hell... I even have WiFi

    heavy meddleheavy meddle2 maanden geleden
    • @Tahira Parveen when I think about it... I am a hero 😊

      heavy meddleheavy meddle2 maanden geleden
    • Ur my hero

      Tahira ParveenTahira Parveen2 maanden geleden
  • Use the metric system. Feet is a retarded measurement unit. Disliked.

    Axel NilssonAxel Nilsson2 maanden geleden
  • Please also use metric, at least in brackets on the video. I hear 5 different feet numbers thrown at me and I'm not entirely sure what they are, aside from 170 feet which another friendly commenter has provided 52 metres.

    Ple0nasmPle0nasm2 maanden geleden
  • Confirmed.... Rum can save your life in extreme situations

    Carlos Arias CardonaCarlos Arias Cardona2 maanden geleden
  • Um, they didn't have to swim to the surface if they had a vest with any bouyancy. The real threat would be the bends. If anything, they would/should be trying to slow down their ascent.

    jabba0975 jjjabba0975 jj2 maanden geleden
    • The bends is unlikely to have been a problem. They were breathing air at atmospheric pressure until the time they flooded the escape chamber. There wouldn't have been enough time for high pressure air to have passed into the bloodstream. The required time is available in dive tables.

      LEDniqueLEDniqueMaand geleden
  • Holy shitttttttttttt!

    kcapt96kcapt962 maanden geleden
  • The guy couldn't find food, but got his hands on some hair dye?

    MR GMR G2 maanden geleden
    • Yeah it's pretty ez to find hair dye

      Tahira ParveenTahira Parveen2 maanden geleden
  • Hello John Capes | Hi Noland From Hms perseus | from One Piece

    Sailesh AgrSailesh Agr2 maanden geleden
  • Lol the lesson is always be honest, because if you aren't, when you do tell the trust, no one will believe you

    Ezequiel AcostaEzequiel Acosta2 maanden geleden