Indonesia: Missing submarine has only 72 hours of oxygen
The Indonesian navy has warned that the 53 crew members of the ship that went missing yesterday have only 72 hours of oxygen.
According to a report by BBC Urdu, Indonesian authorities have begun searching for the missing submarine, which has 53 Indonesian naval personnel on board.
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the submarine was conducting war games north of the island of Bali, but lost contact with authorities over the outcome of those exercises.
Indonesia’s military chief says warships have been dispatched to search for its RI Nangala 402 submarine, while Hakan has also called on Australia and Singapore to help find the submarine. No statement has been issued so far.
The German-built submarine has been missing since Wednesday at sea 60 miles off the island of Bali.
“The navy is conducting a search, we know the sea is very deep here,” Admiral Julius Widjono of the Indonesian navy told AFP.
The submarine reportedly lost contact when it was allowed to go deeper. Indonesia has one in five submarines.
According to the British news agency Reuters, the submarine was built in the last years of the 1970s, after which it was repaired in South Korea in 2012 for two years.