submarine missing off Bali found, no survivors among 53 crew

The chances of survival on board were slim, and all hope was showered Sunday, April 25 by the Indonesian navy. The latter announced that it had found the submarine that had disappeared off Bali on Wednesday and confirmed that the 53 crew members were all dead.

The submarine, broken into three parts, was found in the seabed off Bali, according to Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono.

Over 800 meters deep

Authorities said they received signals early Sunday morning from where the submarine is located, more than 800 meters deep. A rescue submarine made available to the Indonesian Navy by Singapore was used for visual confirmation.

New items from the KRI Nanggala 402 were discovered Sunday, including an anchor and safety suits worn by the crew. On Saturday, the navy found fragments of the submarine and several objects from the building, but its location could not be confirmed.

The KRI Nanggala 402, a submersible forty years old of German construction, had disappeared Wednesday during maneuvers in the north of the island of Bali. Hundreds of soldiers, planes and warships were mobilized to locate him.

The World with AFP