Indonesia’s military commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has declared that all 53 members of the missing KRI Nanggala-402 submarine were dead after the wreckage the submarine that went missing was located on the sea floor.
The announcement comes just one day after debris from the missing submarine was found floating in the vicinity of the submarine’s last known location.
Indonesian authorities had expressed concerns last Wednesday after being unable to locate the missing sub KRI Nanggala-402 which is only equipped with only 72 hours of oxygen.
Over 36 hours had already passed since the submarine went missing off the coast of the Indonesian island of Bali at 3 a.m. local time on Wednesday.
Indonesian officials reported spotting an oil slick and the smell of diesel fuel near the starting position of KRI Nanggala-402’s last dive but are still unsure what happened to it.
At the time naval authorities expressed that they were attempting to locate the submarine: “Hopefully we can rescue them before the oxygen has run out” ( 3 a.m., Saturday) said Indonesia’s navy chief of staff, Adm. Yudo Margono.
The search involved six warships, a helicopter, and 400 people along with Singaporean and Malaysian ships,
The Indonesian navy believed that the submarine sank to a depth of 2,000-2,300 feet which is past its crush depth at 656 feet.
Editors Note: Story “INDO-SUB-DEADLINE” corrected on 25.04.2021 09:09 – The prior version contained a minor typographic error.