On October 16 last year, seven friends were working in the seas when their fishing dive boat, Dianne, capsized in shark-infested, rough seas.
The men were left trapped inside the upside down boat, and it was quickly flooding.
Just off the town of 1770, near Gladstone in Queensland, Ruben McDornan was the sole survivor of the horrific event. He spent 12 hours in the waters, with the knowledge that he had lost his six closest friends and that the chance of his own survival, in the waters known for being crowded with tiger sharks, was slim.
On 60 Minutes tonight, Ruben McDornan shares his story of survival with Australia for the first time in a raw and emotional interview, explaining the inconceivable tragedy he faced.
McDornan recalls in the interview that as the water started drowning the boat, the weight on an outward opening door – their escape route – increased rapidly.
In his emotional account, he reveals that he remembers thinking if dying was going to hurt and the moment he thought he would be taking his last breath.
“I was like, ‘This is it. It’s coming in. We’re not getting out’,” McDornan says in the interview.
“I started to think I was going to die.”
A fishing dive boat capsizes in shark infested waters. Seven Aussie mates are trapped, inside and upside down. 8.30 SUNDAY on #60Mins | Bravery beyond belief on a night no one should have survived. pic.twitter.com/SD5FReq6yP
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) July 18, 2018
McDornan was able to ram a finger through an air bubble and miraculously surface atop the upside down boat, as he waited for his friends to do the same.