Wreck missing Indonesian submarine found, 53 crew members dead

In Indonesia, the wreck of the missing submarine was found. All 53 crew members have died, the Indonesian army command confirms.

Search teams pinpoint the submarine in the Bali Sea. Wreck pieces were found at the site and personal belongings of the people on board, such as prayer mats. President Joko Widodo has expressed his condolences to the next of kin.

The Indonesian submarine disappeared from the radar north of the island of Bali on Wednesday, after which an intensive search operation was deployed. Among others, the US, Malaysia and Singapore helped with the search.

Broken open

Yesterday, debris were found, after which the hope of survivors flew away. The authorities then assumed that the submarine was destroyed and broken open and that all persons on board were killed, presumably by the water pressure.

Now the 44 year old submarine is started. The head of the Navy says that the KRI Nanggala-402 lies at a depth of 850 meters, much deeper than the 500 meters the submarine can actually dive.