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Missing Sub

A Submarine Is Missing, With 53 on Board

byVictor Tangermann
Apr 21
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A helicopter spotted an oil spill near the location where the submarine was granted clearance to dive.

Lost Contact

Indonesia’s navy says it has completely lost contact with a submarine with 53 people on board, NBC News reports.

The vessel, the 44-year-old German-built KRI Nanggala 402, was involved in a training exercise when it went missing north of the coast of the island of Bali.

“We are still searching in the waters of Bali, 60 miles (96 km) from Bali, [for] 53 people,” Indonesia’s military chief Hadi Tjahjanto told Reuters in a text message. According to Tjahanto, contact was lost around 4:30am local time on Wednesday.

Indonesia has deployed several ships to search the area, including a survey ship. It has also asked Singapore and Australia to send help by sending submarine rescue vessels, according to NBC.

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According to Indonesia’s Defense Ministry, the submarine was granted clearance to dive and promptly went missing after.

Oil Spill

The navy also noted that a helicopter spotted an oil spill near the location where it was given permission to dive, which may either mean the submarine’s fuel tank was damaged or the crew is sending a signal.

“It is possible that during static diving, a blackout occurred so control was lost and emergency procedures cannot be carried out and the ship falls to a depth of 600-700 meters [2,000 to 2,300 feet],” a statement by the Navy read, as quoted by Reuters.

That’s a serious issue, considering the submarine can only sustain pressure at a maximum 250 meters (820 feet).

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Indonesia has had trouble with aging military equipment in the past, including an air force plane crash in 2016 that killed all 13 occupants.

READ MORE: Search for missing Indonesian submarine reveals oil spill [Reuters]

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