A documentary telling the true story of how a diver became stranded at the bottom of the North Sea after losing his lifeline to air, heat and communications will screen in Dundee next week.
In September 2012, Chris Lemons’ umbilical, his vital link to his dive bell, became severed and he was trapped on the seabed for nearly 40 minutes, with his back-up gas tank only holding five minutes of breathable air.
“Last Breath” a documentary coming to UK cinemas this week, tells the incredible tale of his rescue and survival, despite almost non-existent chances of successful recovery.
Chris was working on the Bibby Topaz dive support vessel, around 127 miles off the coast of Aberdeen on the Huntington Manifold, a subsea structure which houses oil and gas wells.
When the dynamic positioning computer on the vessel failed, 300 feet above him, the ship moved away in the rough weather, causing his umbilical, which supplies heat and oxygen, to become taut against the manifold and snap.
With pitch darkness surrounding him, Chris immediately became aware of the direness of his situation.
Q&A sessions are due to be held in the coming weeks in cinemas across Scotland:
4 April – Glasgow Film Theatre
12 April – Aberdeen Belmont
14 April – Dundee Contemporary Arts
15 April – Edinburgh Filmhouse