A missing Indonesian submarine has been found, broken into at least three parts, deep in the Bali Sea, army and navy officials have said, as the president sent condolences to relatives of the 53 crew.
On Sunday, the Indonesian military head, Hadi Tjahjanto, said there was no chance of finding any of the crew alive.
He said: “With deep sadness, I can say that all 53 personnel onboard have passed. We received underwater pictures that are confirmed as the parts of the submarine, including its rear vertical rudder, anchors, outer pressure body, embossed dive rudder and other ship parts.
“With this authentic evidence, we can declare that KRI Nanggala-402 has sunk and all the crew members are dead.”
Rescuers found new objects, including a life vest, that they believe belong to those who were onboard the 44-year-old vessel, which lost contact on Wednesday as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill.
The navy chief of staff, Yudo Margono, said the crew was not to blame for the sinking. “The KRI Nanggala is divided into three parts, the hull of the ship, the stern of the ship, and the main parts are all separated, with the main part found cracked,” he said.
The president, Joko Widodo, earlier confirmed the discovery in the Bali Sea and sent the families of the victims his condolences. “All of us Indonesians express our deep sorrow over this tragedy, especially to the families of the submarine crew.”
Search teams said on Saturday they had found objects including prayer mat fragments and a bottle of periscope lubricant near the submarine’s last known location, leading the navy to believe the vessel had cracked.
Parts of KRI Nanggala including its rudder, anchors and outer body found scattered at bottom of sea