Missing submarine sank off Bali: Indonesian navy
Published: 07:22 PM, 24 April 2021 Updated: 07:23 PM, 24 April 2021
Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nanggala; Photo: Collected
The submarine that was missing since Wednesday off the coast of Bali with 53 people onboard has been lost, said the Indonesian navy on Saturday.
According to a BBC report, citing the officials of the navy chief of staff, parts of the submarine, along with debris including prayer mats, were found near to where it went missing.
A scan detected the submarine at a depth of 850m (2,800ft) – beyond its survivable limit, which means the crew of 53 onboard are presumed dead.
The German-built KRI Nanggala-402 submarine had a maximum of three days of oxygen in the event of a power outage.
It was scheduled to join torpedo drills with other Indonesian submarines on Wednesday, but it suddenly lost contact.
This German-built submarine is more than 40 years old. However, some work was done in 2012.
Though the Indonesian navy has insisted the submarine was in “good condition”, but said there may be an oil slick where it is thought the vessel submerged, for this, it has raised concern that the fuel tank may have been damaged.
“We have found several pieces and parts that are believed to be parts or components that are attached to the submarine that would not come out of the ship if there had not been pressure from outside or a crack in the torpedo launcher,” said Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono.
Among the items recovered was a bottle of grease for lubricating the periscope. They were found in a 10-mile (16km) radius where no other ships had passed.
There has been an international effort to locate the navy boat. – BBC