Indonesia to rescue submarine after fatal shipwreck near Bali, Southeast Asia
BALI (AFP) – Indonesia on Friday (April 30) said it would save a submarine that sank off the coast of Bali, as grieving relatives paid tribute to the dozens of sailors killed in the disaster.
Authorities had not yet confirmed whether they would attempt to haul KRI Nanggala 402 from the seabed after it was spotted cracked into three pieces.
The navy said on Friday it was awaiting the arrival of two ships, including a ship sent by China, which are equipped to handle rescue operations on the high seas.
High-powered magnets and air balloons were among the options, but how and when the cracked submarine would be brought to the surface was uncertain, Navy Chief Yudo Margono said.
“It’s hard to talk about precise timing, but I can say that as soon as the help arrives we will start,” he told reporters.
The submarine’s 53 crew would still be inside the ship, Admiral Margono said.
An underwater rescue vehicle provided by neighboring Singapore visually confirmed that the German-built boat was lying on the seabed more than 800m deep.
The strange images were the final confirmation that there was no hope of finding any survivors.
Families of the victims threw flowers from a Navy ship into the waters where the submarine landed as part of a commemoration ceremony on Friday.
The submarine – one of five in the Indonesian fleet – went missing on April 21 as it was scheduled to participate in live torpedo training exercises.
The crew requested permission to dive. He lost contact soon after.
Later, search teams spotted an oil spill where the vessel was believed to have been submerged, indicating possible damage to the fuel tank and a catastrophic accident.
The military has yet to provide an official explanation for the sinking of the decades-old submarine, which was delivered to the Southeast Asian nation in 1981.
However, he said the refurbished vessel was seaworthy and ruled out the possibility of an explosion.
The Navy said the submarine may have suffered a power outage, preventing the crew from taking emergency action.
Her hull was reportedly ripped apart from sinking to depths well below what the KRI Nanggala was built to withstand, the navy added.
The submarine’s former commander, Rear Admiral Muhammad Ali, told local media that a so-called internal lonely wave could have been to blame.
The natural phenomenon occurs when different sea depths come together, creating forces that could have dragged the ship down, he said.