She had been racing against time in Indonesia to find the submarine that disappeared yesterday about 100 km off the coast of Bali with 53 people on board and an oxygen tank in just 72 hours. The Indonesian navy has mobilized six warships, a helicopter and 400 people. Singapore and Malaysia sent their ships, while the US, Australia, France and Germany offered to help.
The German-made KRI Nanggala 402 took part in a torpedo-related exercise when it asked for permission to dive in deep water at 3am. Yesterday, possible signs of the submarine’s presence were discovered, possibly at a depth of 700 meters, an oil slick in the area where it dived. Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono told reporters: “The amount of oxygen stored in the submarine in the event of a power failure in the past 72 hours. “There is time until about 3 a.m. on Saturday. We hope we can find them before that.” Defense experts warned that the submarine could break into thousand pieces if it sank to a depth of 700 meters.
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