The missing Indonesian submarine split into three pieces. On Sunday, the Army Command announced that it had found its wreckage on the seabed near the island of Bali. All 53 crew members died.
A missing Indonesian submarine has been found. “It was not human error,” the Indonesian naval commander said. | Video: Reuters
Search teams discovered the wreck of a missing Indonesian submarine on the sea floor near Bali, and all 53 crew members died. This was announced by the Army Command today. The naval commander said the machine split into three pieces. Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
“We got underwater pictures in which we identified parts of the submarine, including the rear rudder, anchors and the external pressure body,” said Indonesian Army Commander Hadi Tjiganto. “Based on this real evidence, we can say that KRI Nanggala-402 has sunk and the entire crew is dead.”
The submarine disappeared on Tuesday during a naval exercise near Bali. Hopes of rescuing the crew were slim early on Saturday morning, when the ship was destined to run out of air. In addition, the head of the Indonesian Navy, Yudo Margono, stated that the submarine is located at a depth of about 850 meters below sea level, which is a greater depth than it was designed for. According to the army, the submarine was able to withstand water pressure up to about 500 meters.
On Saturday, the military announced that rescuers had found items they believed came from a missing submarine. For example, part of a torpedo system or an oil bottle, apparently intended to lubricate the periscope, is floating at sea level where it last moved.
The submarine KRI Nanggala-402 was built 44 years ago, and in recent days, experts are increasingly indicating that its construction could collapse if it finds itself at greater depths. It is speculated that the cause of the accident was a power failure that prevented the crew from maneuvering.
The United States, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and India also joined the Indonesian rescue operation.