His reawakening complete, his body restored, his pain faded, he begins kicking furiously, driving himself upward. His head breaks the surface, followed by his torso, his legs, and finally his feet.
He continues to rise.
Looking in wonder at the waters below him, he realizes that he is finally free of their grip. He soars, free and safe.
But only for a moment.
For he died in the depths, and he was reborn in the depths. Without their cold embrace he cannot exist.
He is smiling when he evaporates.
It was so worth it.