The Deep: The True Story of an Inexplicable Miracle

thedeep-560x792So without ruining the entire story for you, I want to tell you about an amazing movie we saw this week. The Deep is a 2012 Icelandic foreign film with English Djúpið-subtitles (please forgive the bad language, but there’s no sex or violence besides that caused by the storm). Originally called Djúpið, this riveting account is based Guðlaugur Friðþórssonon the true story of Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, one of 5 fisherman caught in a Westmen Isles Wikiterrible storm off the coast of Iceland near Vestmannaeyjar (Westmen Isles) back on March 11, 1984. The-Deep-movie-image-2 The Deep is directed by Baltasar Kormákur and has won 11 awards, as well as being nominated for many more. It was selected as the Icelandic entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. DEEP3 What makes the movie so provocative is that Guðlaugur did what no one has ever done before (nor is likely to ever do again): the_deep-thumb-630xauto-33095 After their fishing vessel capsized,   Guðlaugur Friðþórsson survived six hours in 5 °C (41 °F) cold water, swimming constantly until he reached the island of of Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar. The-Deep-movie-image-1 He landed at the most dangerous section of the island’s coastline, where huge surf from the North Atlantic pounded against coastal lava rock formations. Walk to town When he finally found a way to scale the cliff, he had walk across rough lava, badly cutting his feet, before he finally reached a town two hours later.Swim routeWhen he arrived at the hospital, his body temperature was below 34 °C (93 °F), but he showed only mild symptoms of hypothermia.  His survival was considered medically impossible, and so he was sent to both to Reykjavík (Iceland’s capital) and to London, England for testing. deep_ver2_xlg No one could ever explain through scientific means why he survived, and as his mother was quoted in the movie: “But, who can research a miracle?”

“For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

 

 

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