Missing Indonesian Submarine Found, 53 Crew Members Dead

The missing Indonesian submarine was found on the sea, broken in three parts and 53 crew members were declared dead by the Indonesian army.

Debanjali Kabiraj

April 27, 2021

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The Indonesian submarine that went missing on Wednesday has been found by the authorities and the 53 crew members who were onboard the submarine have been declared dead. The authorities confirmed the news on Sunday.

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On Wednesday, a submarine went missing during a live torpedo training exercise. The military used an underwater submarine rescue vehicle in order to get visual confirmation about the condition of the submarine. It was found broken in 3 parts on the seafloor and other parts of the submarine, like an anchor, safety suits etc was also retrieved by the army. The Military chief of Indonesia, Hadi Tjhajanto, announced in a press conference that based on the evidence found, it can be said that KRI-Nanggala 402 had sunk and its crew members were killed.

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The reason for the mishap has not been explained by the authorities yet but, many believe that the incident could have been a result of a blackout in the submarine. Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, has described the sailors as Indonesia’s “Best Patriots”. He has expressed grief for the loss of the 53 members of the crew and has extended his condolences to the family of the dead. He has said that they were the best sons who safeguarded the nation’s sovereignty. The submarine has been in service for Indonesia since 1981 and was sea-worthy. It was one of the five submarines owned by the country.

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