Indonesian navy submarine reported missing with 53 people aboard
An Indonesian navy submarine with 53 sailors has gone missing. The submarine went missing during a drill north of Bali Island on Wednesday.
According to a BBC report, a warship has been sent to search for the KRI Nangala-402 submarine, the Indonesian army chief said.
Indonesia has sought the help of Australia and Singapore to search for the submarine. However, the two countries have not yet said anything in this regard.
The German-made submarine lost contact with the control room about 80 miles off the coast of Bali on Wednesday morning.
“The navy is searching for the submarine,” First Admiral Julius Widzono of the Indonesian navy told AFP. We know the area well. However, the depth in this area is much higher.
The submarine reportedly lost contact after being allowed to dive deeper into the sea.
Indonesia has five submarines, one of which is this.
According to the news agency Reuters, this submarine was built in the seventies. It was repaired in South Korea for two years before 2012.
A spokesman for the Indonesian navy told the BBC that this was the first case of a missing Indonesian submarine.
However, this is not the first case of missing submarine. In 2016, an Argentine submarine with 44 sailors went missing. A year later its remains were found. Officials confirmed the explosion in the submarine.