Rescue team finds debris believed to be from a sunken Indonesian submarine

Indonesian Denpasar — ​​A missing Indonesian submarine carrying 53 people sank into the Bali Sea after a search team found debris floating around the last location of the ship, Navy officials said.

According to Indonesian media tempo, Indonesian Navy chief Yud Margono told reporters, “Evidence that seems to come from the submarine has moved from the” missing submarine “stage to the” sinking submarine “stage. “.

The exact location of the 44-year-old submarine was unknown, but his presence was detected, he said.

Video of the press conference showed officials holding debris found, including debris from the prayer mat used to lubricate the submarine’s periscope and a bottle of grease.

Several Indonesian officials, including Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, have expressed their condolences to their families on social media.

Indonesian Navy Submarine KRI Nangara
The Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nangala will sail off Tuban, East Java, Indonesia on October 6, 2014. (Eric Ireng / AP Photo)

KRI Nanggala-402 lost contact on Wednesday as it was preparing to conduct a torpedo training.

“We are still investigating … the depth of the ocean we have detected is 850 meters (2,790 feet), which is very tricky and involves a lot of difficulties,” Margono told reporters. He added that he expected the ship to dive. It led to cracks.

The rescue team sent more than 12 search helicopters and ships to areas where contact was lost, with assistance from the United States, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and India.

Experts say the submarine is likely to have been crushed by water pressure.

“Now it is the investigator’s responsibility to establish the timeline of the event and identify the cause. At the same time, a plan was made to assess the possibility of recovering the submarine at such an extreme depth. Probably, “said Colin Kou, a researcher at the Defense Strategy Institute.

“It’s technically possible, but I think Indonesia needs foreign assistance for this.”

Indonesian submarine
An Indonesian Navy patrol boat departs on April 24, 2021 to participate in a search for the missing submarine KRI Nangala while participating in a training exercise off Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. (AchmadIbrahim / AP Photo)

The Indonesian Navy is investigating whether emergency measures could not be taken because the submarine lost power during the dive and the submarine descended far beyond its survival limit to a depth of 600 to 700 meters (1,968 to 2,296 feet). Said.

On board was Hendra Setiawan, the commander of the Indonesian submarine fleet.

Indonesia operates five submarines. Two German-made Type 209 submarines, including Nangala, and three new Korean ships.

We are aiming to modernize our defense capabilities, but some of our equipment is old and fatal accidents have occurred in recent years.

Sultan Anshori