Time running out in frantic search for missing Indonesian submarine

Time running out in frantic search for missing Indonesian submarine


An international rescue mission searching for a missing Indonesian submarine has turned its focus to a signal from an unidentified object — as it frantically tries to locate the vessel with 53 crew members on board before its air reserves run out.

Helicopters and ships had headed to the area in the Bali Sea where contact was lost with the 44-year-old KRI Nanggala 402 on Wednesday as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill, Reuters reported.

Now, an object with “high magnetic force” had been spotted at the site “floating” at a depth of between 164 and 328 feet, Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Yudo Margono said Friday, adding that an aerial search had earlier spotted an oil spill near the vessel’s last location.

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Indonesia’s navy said it was investigating whether the sub lost power and could not carry out emergency procedures as it descended to a depth of between 1,968 to 2,300 feet, well beyond its survivable limits.

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