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Clock is ticking for Indonesia to rescue sailors on missing submarine

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Police officers prepare to take part in the search operation for the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine at Celukan Bawang Port, Bali, on Thursday, the vessel went missing during an exercise on Wednesday. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Tri Indah Oktavianti (The Jakarta Post)
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Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 22, 2021

Authorities are racing against time to locate and rescue the 53 sailors on board the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine, which has been missing off Bali since early on Wednesday, with the crew dependant on a rapidly dwindling oxygen supply in the vessel.

Navy chief of staff Adm. Yudo Margono told a press briefing on Thursday that the missing submarine had sufficient oxygen for three days.

“Its oxygen reserve capacity is 72 hours. Since it lost contact at 3 a.m. yesterday [Wednesday], the oxygen supply is expected to last until Saturday at 3 a.m.,” Yudo said in Bali. “Hopefully we can soon locate [the submarine] while the oxygen supplies are still adequate.”

He said the submarine was in good condition and was conducting a drill before the incident, weather conditions in the waters near the location of the exercise were moderate.

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