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Debris from missing Indonesian submarine recovered

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesian searchers have recovered debris believed to be from the missing submarine KRI Nanggala 402 lost in the Bali Sea on Wednesday, the country's military chief said.

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Topics: INDONESIA   

Hopes for the 53 crew are dwindling, with officials saying that their supply of oxygen was expected to have run out early on Saturday.

The Indonesian navy chief of staff said a scan had detected the submarine at 850 metres, well beyond its survivable limits. The submarine, which disappeared as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill, is designed t o withstand a depth of up to 500 metres.

The Indonesian navy said on Saturday it was sending search helicopters and ships to the area where contact was lost with the 44-year-old KRI Nanggala-402 submarine on Wednesday as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill.

The United States is also deploying a P-8 Poseidon aircraft to assist in the search and rescue operation for a missing Indonesian navy submarine lost in the Bali Sea.

Australia has also deployed a sonar-equipped frigate with a helicopter to help the submarine hunt, while navy officials said vessels are on route from India and Singapore, as concerns grow that the submarine might have been crushed by water pressure.

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