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Rescue efforts for KRI Nanggala-402 in critical phase as more countries join search

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An Indonesian Navy seaman prepares an operation post of the search and rescue mission for the missing KRI Nanggala-402 submarine at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airbase in Badung, Bali on April 23, 2021. The 44-year-old submarine, carrying 53 crew members on board, made its last contact at 3:00 a.m. on April 21 after the crew asked permission to dive into deeper water for a torpedo-firing exercise.(Antara/Fikri Yusuf)
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano
Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 23, 2021

Authorities pressed on to locate the missing KRI Nanggala-402 on Friday as the search and rescue operation reaches its critical phase with the submarine expected to run out of oxygen on early Saturday.

Search helicopters and Indonesian Navy ships left ports in Bali and a naval base in Java at first light heading to the area where contact was lost with the submarine early on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Indonesian Military (TNI) spokesperson Maj. Gen. Achmad Riad said on Friday the rescue teams focused their efforts to canvass an area located 40 kilometers north of Celukan Bawang in Bali.

"From data we received as of [Friday] afternoon, the team is looking at nine areas spread within an area of 10 [square] nautical miles,” Achmad said.

The teams were expected to look in a narrower area after KRI Pulau Rimau-724 – one of the ...

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