BALI: The missing Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402 has been found, but cracked apart on the seabed in waters off Bali, and it was confirmed that all the 53 crew who were on board have been perished, the Indonesian military said Sunday.
The military found the submarine broken into three pieces and sunk 800 metres (2,600 feet) deep under the ocean.
“With deep sadness, I can say that all 53 personnel onboard have passed away.
“I convey my deepest condolences to all the families of the soldiers who died,” Hadi Tjahjanto, Indonesia’s military chief told reporters.
President Joko Widodo described the missing sailors as Indonesia’s “best patriots”.
“All Indonesians convey their deep sadness over this incident, especially to the families of the submarine crew,“ he said.
Neighboring countries, including Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, sent ships to aid in the search for the missing submarine.
It was ultimately a Singaporean submarine support vessel, the MV Swift Rescue (pic) that found the wrecked vessel, through a remotely operated underwater vehicle that took images of the Nanggala on Sunday morning.
-Malaysia World News/Today Mail