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Indonesia searching for missing submarine with dozens of people on board

Dozens of people are on board an Indonesian submarine that has reportedly gone missing.

By: Deutsche Welle |
April 21, 2021 5:16:42 pm
The KRI Nanggala-402 was built in West Germany in 1977.

Authorities in Indonesia were trying to locate a missing submarine on Wednesday.

The KRI Nanggala-402 submarine stopped responding on Wednesday morning, local media reported, citing defense officials.

Indonesian National Armed Forces Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told national paper Kompas that the submarine disappeared in waters about 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of the island of Bali at about 3 a.m. local time.

“Just when the dive permit was given, after being given the clearance, contact was immediately lost,” he told the paper.

It is one of five submarines owned by Indonesia and was built in Germany in 1979.

Indonesia has requested the help of Australia and Singapore in finding the submarine.

Reuters news agency said 53 people were on board and that it was involved in torpedo drills when it went missing.

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