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An Indonesian Submarine Sank And Broke Into Three Pieces And All 53 People On Board Are Dead

An Indonesian navy submarine that went missing near the coast of Bali last week has been found, broken into three pieces, on the seabed, officials said. All 53 of the crew onboard are confirmed dead.

The KRI Nanggala-402 had just requested permission to dive during a torpedo drill around 3am on Wednesday Apr. 21 when it disappeared.

Berda Asmara shows a photo of her sailor husband Mes Guntur Ari Prasetyo at their home in Surabaya.
Berda Asmara shows a photo of her sailor husband Mes Guntur Ari Prasetyo at their home in Surabaya on April 23, 2021, as the search continued for an Indonesian navy submarine with 53 crew aboard that went missing off the coast of Bali during training exercises on April 21. (Photo by JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Ships and aircraft from multiple countries had been working to locate the submarine, and a sonar scar detected a submarine-like object at 850 meters (2,790 ft) beyond the Nanggala’s diving range on Saturday, the Guardian reported.

Indonesian military officer shows the video of body part of sunken Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nanggala 402 taken from Remotly Opereted Vihacle (ROV) from MV Swift Rescue during press conference at Ngurah Rai Military Air Base in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.
Indonesian military officer shows the video of body part of sunken Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nanggala 402 taken from Remotly Opereted Vihacle (ROV) from MV Swift Rescue during press conference at Ngurah Rai Military Air Base in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by Johanes Christo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The same day, officials, who were concerned that the submarine would run out of oxygen on Saturday, said they had found debris from the submarine, including a bottle of grease, part of a torpedo launcher and prayer mats, according to CNN.

Debris from missing Indonesian navy submarine KRI Nanggala 402 displayed during press conference at Ngurah Rai Military Air Base in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.
Debris from missing Indonesian navy submarine KRI Nanggala 402 displayed during press conference at Ngurah Rai Military Air Base in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by Johanes Christo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The next day, officials said they had received visual confirmation of the wreckage from a Singaporean underwater rescue vehicle, showing that the ship had broken into three parts. Rescuers also found new objects, including a life vest.

The Indonesian Navy patrol boat KRI Bontang (907) (back) arrives at a naval base in Banyuwangi, East Java province, after an Indonesian submarine that disappeared last week had been found in pieces on the seafloor with all 53 crew aboard killed.
The Indonesian Navy patrol boat KRI Bontang (907) (back) arrives at a naval base in Banyuwangi, East Java province, after an Indonesian submarine that disappeared last week had been found in pieces on the seafloor with all 53 crew aboard killed. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP via Getty Images)

“With this authentic evidence, we can declare that KRI Nanggala-402 has sunk and all the crew members are dead,” officials said.

People gather to offer prayers for the 53 sailors trapped in the submarine in Surabaya on April 25, 2021, as Indonesia's military confirmed that all 53 crew were dead.
People from various religions gather to offer prayers for the 53 sailors trapped in the submarine in Surabaya on April 25, 2021, as Indonesia’s military confirmed that all 53 crew were dead. (Photo by JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Indonesian president Joko Widodo has sent his condolences to the families of the victims. “All of us Indonesians express our deep sorrow over this tragedy, especially to the families of the submarine crew,” he said.

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