By Associated Press. Indonesia’s navy is searching for a submarine that went missing north of the resort island of Bali with 53 people on board, the military said Wednesday.
Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said the KRI Nanggala 402 was participating in a training exercise when it missed a scheduled reporting call.
The submarine is believed to have disappeared in waters about 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Bali, he said. (Read more from “Submarine Carrying Over 50 People Randomly Vanishes” HERE)
UPDATE: One of History’s Worst Sub Disasters, Indonesia Declares Missing Vessel “Sunk”
By Peter Aitken. Indonesia’s navy declared Saturday that the missing submarine has most likely sunk, with no hope of finding survivors, after rescuers discovered several items believed to be from the vessel.
“With authentic evidence we found believe to be from the submarine, we have now moved from the ‘sub miss’ phase to ‘sub sunk,'” Margono said at a press conference in Bali, where the found items were displayed.
The items included parts of a torpedo straightener, a grease bottle believed to be used to oil the periscope and prayer rugs from the submarine. Officials said the oxygen supply for its 53 crew ran out early Saturday. . .
Family members of the crew had held out hope that the search effort would locate the vessel before the limited oxygen supply ran out, but Navy Chief Yudo Margono provided evidence that the Indonesian navy believes is irrefutable proof of a worst-case scenario.
“We keep doing the search until we find it and whatever the result,” Indonesia military spokesperson Djawara Whimbo said. (Read more from this story about the missing submarine HERE)
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