Indonesia’s navy on Saturday declared its missing submarine had sunk and cracked open after finding items from the vessel over the past two days, apparently ending hope of finding any of the 53 crew members alive
The Indonesian navy has announced the discovery of some debris from the submarine that disappeared in Bali. Rescuers found several objects, including parts of a torpedo plate and a bottle of grease believed to be used to oil the periscope. According to the head of the Indonesian Navy, Yudo Margono, the submarine has therefore officially sunk and there is no hope of finding 53 crew members alive. Officials explained that the oxygen supply ended in the early hours of Saturday, local time.
“With the evidence we found, which we believe belongs to the submarine, we went from ‘missing’ to ‘sunk’, said Indonesian Navy chief Yudo Margono, confirming the news of the discovery of remains of the submarine KRI Nanggala 402, which disappeared Wednesday off Bali, including a green bottle believed to be used to oil the periscope and prayer rugs. The statement implies that for the 53 people on board there is no longer any hope of rescue. Authorities had previously stated that the oxygen supply could not last beyond the early hours of Saturday. A US P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance plane arrived to participate in the search, with 20 Indonesian ships, an Australian warship equipped with sonar and four Indonesian aircraft. Singapore rescue ships are also expected, more Malaysians will arrive tomorrow, to bolster undersea research.
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