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Time ran out for Nanggala 402 submarine

The crew is almost certainly dead

24.Apr.21 9:28 AM
By Abigail Richards
Photo Wikipedia


Time ran out for Nanggala 402 submarine
Indonesia is still searching for the missing submarine KRI Nanggala 402. The Australian Navy and the United States Air Force also help. It is expected that the oxygen supply for the 53 crew members is now exhausted and everybody on board is dead.

The submarine disappeared on Wednesday during an exercise north of Bali. There was enough oxygen on board at that time to last until early this morning.

"We're doing everything we can to find him, before the crucial 3: 00 a.m. border," an Indonesian general said yesterday.

The submarine may have sunk to a depth of 600 to 700 metres, deeper than the 44-year-old KRI Nanggala 402 can handle. The submarine had requested permission to dive and then the contact was lost.

The Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat and an American Boeing P-8 Poseidon arrived in Indonesia today to join the dozens of Indonesian ships that are already looking for the lost submarine.

Later in the day, a rescue ship from Singapore is also expected to arrive and help will also come from Malaysia and India.

A search team from a helicopter spotted an oil spill at the site where the submarine was last located. Whether there is a connection to the disappearance of the submarine is still unclear.

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