Indonesia considers the missing submarine sunk after finding remains of the submersible

Indonesia on Saturday declared the submarine that disappeared at dawn on Wednesday in the waters of Bali after finding several objects belonging to the submersible in the search area, but the authorities do not give up hope of finding any of the 53 crew members alive. .

Yudo Margono, head of the Indonesian Navy, said at a press conference that in recent days they have found parts of a torpedo, a cooling tube, a cloth used to pray and lubricant for the periscope among other objects, which could indicate that there was a crack in the ship.

“No ships passed by within a ten mile radius, so experts believe these objects belonged to KRI Nanggala,” Margono said.

Authorities believe KRI Nanggala-402 is now at a depth of about 850 meters, but said they remain hopeful of finding some of the 53 crew members alive and are preparing for possible evacuations of survivors.

Due to the great depth at which they believe it is, they suspect that the submarine began to suffer cracks when it was between 400 and 500 meters below the surface, as it was not designed to descend further. The prospects of finding the crew members on board the submarine alive were already minimal since last morning the 72-hour deadline set as the limit for oxygen reserves was fulfilled.

A power outage during the submergence could cause the crew to lose control of the submersible and prevent them from conducting an emergency evacuation, according to the Indonesian Navy. Margono clarified that oxygen lasts a maximum of three days in the event of a power outage, but if the electrical systems continued to function it could last up to five days.


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