Missing Indonesian submarine found split in three and 2,600ft underwater with all 53 crew dead

A missing Indonesian submarine has been found cracked apart on the seafloor in waters off Bali today – and all 53 crew are dead.

The KRI Nanggala-402 submarine disappeared about 60 miles off the coast of Bali early on Wednesday morning.

"There were parts of KRI Nanggala 402 – it was broken into three pieces," said Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono.

Indonesian military head Hadi Tjahjanto, meanwhile, told reporters that "all 53 personnel onboard have passed".

Authorities said that they received signals from the location more than2,6000 ft deep under the water early on Sunday morning.

They said they had used an underwater submarine rescue vehicle supplied by Singapore to get a visual confirmation.

Tjahjanto said more parts from the vessel were discovered Sunday, including an anchor and safety suits worn by crew members.

The discovery comes after the submarine disappeared early Wednesday during live torpedo training exercises off the holiday island.

Yesterday, rescuers found parts of a torpedo straightener, a grease bottle believed to be used to oil the periscope and prayer rugs from the sub.

Rescue crews desperately tried find the missing submarine before air supplies ran out.

Six warships, a helicopter and 400 people were involved in the search.

Singapore and Malaysia dispatched ships, and the US, Australia, France, and Germany have offered assistance.

The German-built submarine had been conducting a drill but failed to report back and contact was lost, the navy said.

Some reports said contact was lost with the submarine after it was given clearance to dive into deeper waters.

An oil spill found near where the submarine dived could point to fuel tank damage, or could also be a signal from the crew, the navy said.


Berda Asmara's husband Guntur Ari Prasetyo, 39, was been expected to return home from the submarine training mission.

'Our last communication was on Monday when he was going to work,' the mum-of-one told AFP in Surabaya.

"He said 'pray for me that I'll come home soon'.

"He told our daughter to listen to me and study hard."


Yudo Margono, the navy chief of staff, said there would be enough oxygen for the sailors to last until Saturday, and that the submarine had been cleared for use.

"The submarine has received a letter of feasibility from the navy," he told a news conference.

"It was ready for battle."

He also said authorities had found an item with "high magnetic force" floating at a depth of 50 to 100 metres.

The navy chief was speaking alongside the chief of Indonesia's military and its defence minister, Prabowo Subianto, at a news conference in Bali a day after the submarine went missing while conducting a torpedo drill north of the island.

The 1,395-tonne vessel was built in Germany in 1977, according to the defence ministry, and joined the Indonesian fleet in 1981.

It underwent a two-year refit in South Korea that was completed in 2012.

Prabowo acknowledged it was "imperative that we should modernise our defence equipment faster".

He did not suggest there were any problems with the vessel.


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