Debris of missing Indonesian submarine found

Debris of the missing Indonesian submarine has presumably been found during the search for the vessel, reports the country’s military command. The submarine has been located deep in the water.

‘The objects found near the last location of the submarine are believed to be parts of the submarine,’ it was reported at a press conference. An oil slick was previously observed at that location.

A scan located the submarine at a depth of about 850 metres, while it was actually built to dive to a depth of only 500 metres. It is not clear whether the 53-man crew is alive. Their supply of oxygen is now believed to be depleted. The authorities want to evacuate possibly living crew members.

The 44-year-old KRI Nanggala-402 disappeared from the radar on Wednesday, some 95 kilometres off the coast of Bali. It happened during an exercise of a torpedo attack. In the search for the crew, Indonesia is receiving help from other countries, including Australia and the United States.

Also read: Missing Indonesian submarine’s crew has oxygen until Saturday

Source: ANP

Picture by U.S. Pacific Fleet/Flickr.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.