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Clock ticking for missing sub crew

Indonesian marine police prepare to take part in the search operation for an Indonesian Navy submarine that went missing during military exercises off the coast of Bali, at Celukan Bawang port in Buleleng province on Thursday. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Tri Indah Oktavianti
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Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 23 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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