Indonesia promises new homes for parents of convicted submariners
This content was published on April 29, 2021 – 7:31 AM
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Thursday authorities would build homes for the relatives of the crew of a missing submarine before it was found in pieces on the bottom of the Bali Sea, killing the 53 inside.
The German-built KRI Nanggala-402 was discovered at a depth of nearly 840 meters (2,756 feet) on Sunday after losing contact days earlier while preparing for a torpedo exercise.
“We will build houses for you … which can be located according to your wishes,” said the president, commonly known as Jokowi, when he met relatives in a hangar at an air base. naval ship in East Java.
Jokowi said this week the government will posthumously increase the military ranks of crew members and fund their children’s education.
This week, grieving relatives gathered in different parts of Indonesia to pay tribute to the sailors who perished and urged authorities to lift their bodies from the depths.
The Indonesian Navy tried to find a way to recover the remains of the submarine.
Experts warn that it will be a daunting task to lift the submarine to the surface, which will require specialized rescue equipment.
Navy spokesman First Admiral Julius Widjojono said on Wednesday authorities were coordinating with the state’s energy regulator to see if companies had the equipment to lift heavy parts.
An international search and rescue effort involving specialized aircraft and warships, including from Singapore, Australia and the United States, had rushed to try to find the submarine in case it was still intact. and before the oxygen is exhausted.
On Sunday, the Indonesian military leader, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, confirmed that the Nanggala had sunk and that all of its crew were dead.
(Reporting by Stanley Widianto; Editing by Ed Davies and Gerry Doyle)