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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