“We are optimistic that the Nanggala can be rescued with all the crew.”
Students and teachers pray for the 53 crew members aboard an Indonesian navy submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali during training exercises on April 21, at an Islamic school in Surabaya, Indonesia, April 23, 2021. In 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk suffered internal explosions and sank during maneuvers in the Barents Sea. Navy Chief of Staff Adm. There have been no signs of life from the submarine, but family members held out hope that the massive search effort would find the vessel in time. Mark Hammond said. First published on April 23, 2021 / 9:43 AM Submarine accidents are often disastrous. Most of its 118 crew died instantly, but 23 men fled to a rear compartment before they later died, mainly of suffocation. and others rally to help Indonesia search for submarine, but time for any survivors is fading fast
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The Indonesian navy submarine KRI Nanggala-402 sails past during preparations for the anniversary of Indonesia’s military, September 25, 2014 in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.
Jakarta, Indonesia — Indonesia’s navy scoured the waters off Bali on Friday, bolstered by the arrival of a sonar-equipped Australian warship with a helicopter, in an increasingly frantic search for a missing submarine with only hours left in its oxygen supply for its 53 crewmembers. The cause of the disappearance is still uncertain. In November 2017, an Argentine submarine went missing with 44 crew members in the South Atlantic, almost a year before its wreckage was found at a depth of 800 meters (2,625 feet). The navy said it believes, however, that the submarine sank to a depth of 2,000-2,300 feet, much deeper than its collapse depth, at which water pressure would be greater than the hull could withstand. AFP via Getty
“Our main priority is the safety of the 53 crew members,” Widodo said in a televised address on Thursday. He asked Indonesians to pray for the crew’s safe return, while ordering all-out efforts to locate the submarine. But in 2005, seven men aboard a Russian mini-sub were rescued nearly three days after their vessel was snagged by fishing nets and cables in the Pacific Ocean. The German-built diesel-powered KRI Nanggala 402 has been in service in Indonesia since 1981 and was carrying 49 crew members and three gunners as well as its commander, the Indonesian Defense Ministry said. Margono said an unidentified object exhibiting high magnetism was located at a depth of 50 to 100 meters (165 to 330 feet) and officials held out hope it is the submarine. The navy has said an electrical failure could have left the submarine unable to execute emergency procedures to resurface. They had only six hours of oxygen left before reaching the surface. The navy chief said the submarine was expected to run out of oxygen early Saturday morning. Achmad Riad told reporters. U.S. An American reconnaissance plane was expected to join the search on Saturday and a second Australian ship was due soon. Indonesian navy ships arrive at the naval base in Banyuwangi on April 22, 2021, to join in the search for a decades-old navy submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali with 53 crew aboard during regular exercises. Rescuers made similar massive searches in the previous two days. The KRI Nanggala 402 went missing after its last reported dive Wednesday off the resort island, and concern is mounting it may have sunk too deep to reach or recover in time. Singaporean and Malaysian rescue ships were also expected in the coming days. JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty
Twenty-four Indonesian ships and a patrol plane were mobilized for the search on Friday, focusing on the area where an oil slick was found after the submarine disappeared during an exercise. Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands, has faced growing challenges to its maritime claims in recent years, including numerous incidents involving Chinese vessels near the Natuna islands. The vessel’s collapse depth was estimated at 655 feet by a South Korean company that refitted the vessel in 2009-2012. Gen. Yudo Margono said oil could have spilled from a crack in the submarine’s fuel tank or the crew could have released fuel and fluids to reduce the vessel’s weight so it could surface. “These two Australian ships will help expand the search area and extend the duration of the search effort,” Australian Navy Rear Adm. Indonesian President Joko Widodo canceled a visit to Banyuwangi port, where some rescue ships left earlier, to prepare for a weekend regional summit in Jakarta, officials said. “The family is in a good condition and keeps praying,” said Ratih Wardhani, the sister of 49-year-old crewman Wisnu Subiyantoro. “We will maximize the effort today, until the time limit tomorrow at 3 a.m.,” military spokesperson Maj. “To the family of the crew members, I can understand your feelings and we are doing our best to save all crew members on board.”
There’s been no conclusive evidence the oil slick was from the sub.