Wednesday, 05 May, 2021


Time running low as search for Indonesian submarine continues

Indonesian Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto center talks to media as they display debris found in the waters during a search operation for the Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nanggala at Ngurah Rai Military Air Base in Bali Premium
Conrad Doyle | 24 April, 2021, 16:09

The frantic search for a missing Indonesian submarine with 53 crew members on board continued on Saturday as hope for a rescue wanes as the vessel's oxygen reserves are estimated to be nearly depleted.

Admiral Yudo Margono, the Indonesian Navy's chief of staff, said oil may have seeped out of a crack in the submarine's fuel tank or the crew could have intentionally released fuel to reduce the vessel's weight so it could surface, as per AP.

"With the authentic evidence we found believed to be from the submarine, we have now moved from the "sub miss" phase to 'sub sunk,"' Margono said at a news conference.

Even military aircraft from the USA had joined the search for Indonesia's missing KRI Nanggala-402 submarine on Friday, as the hours counted down to 3:00 PM EDT - when Indonesian officials said the vessel would exhaust its oxygen supply.

Indonesia earlier considered the 44-year-old KRI Nanggala-402 submarine that disappeared on Thursday off Bali as just missing.

Indonesian military officials are holding out hope that a rescue is still possible, but they expressed concern shortly after the submarine went missing that it may have gone too deep to recover.

Hopes for the 53 crew are dwindling, with officials saying that their supply of oxygen was expected to have run out early on Saturday.

Australian Navy ship HMAS Ballarat sails as it joins the search for Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala.

"We keep doing the search until we find it and whatever the result", Indonesia military spokesperson Djawara Whimbo said.

"Like we've seen with various airline crashes, it's hard to find something, even that's big, when it goes down to the seafloor, because it gets mixed up in the clutter down there", he said.

The cause of the disappearance was still uncertain.

A desperate search for a missing Indonesian naval submarine has been underway for days, and time appears to be running out, if it hasn't already.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands, has faced growing challenges to its maritime claims in recent years, including numerous incidents involving Chinese vessels near the Natuna Islands.

U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin is scheduled to speak with Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto on Friday "to convey our sorrow and to discuss how else the United States can be of assistance", Kirby said.

Indonesia's navy said it was investigating whether the submarine lost power during a dive and could not carry out emergency procedures as it descended to a depth of 600-700 metres, well beyond its survivable limits.

"The object is floating in the water, so maybe it is moving", he said. Even if the vessel is still intact, it's likely to be at a depth that's beyond the capability of most recovery missions.

Margono said rescue teams from Indonesia and other countries will evaluate the findings.

One of the people on board the boat was the commander of the Indonesian submarine fleet, Harry Setiawan.

While the search has yet to be called off, it is with deep regret that we observe the passing of this deadline.

Recommended

loading...
...

Doug Ford confirms that paid sick days are coming for Ontario workers Doug Ford confirms that paid sick days are coming for Ontario workers In his first news conference since announcing new police powers and the closure of playgrounds, Premier Doug Ford offered an apology.

Almost 1,500 reportedly detained as Putin warns West of 'red line' Almost  1,500 reportedly detained as Putin warns West of 'red line' Demonstrations took place in large cities in the Far East, the Urals and Siberia including Vladivostok and Novosibirsk. Putin announced new social support measures for families with children ahead of a September parliamentary election.

Taliban targets heavily fortified hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in Quetta Taliban targets heavily fortified hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in Quetta A Pakistani man comforts to another mourning over the death of his family member in a bomb blast, at a hospital in Quetta . Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said authorities were investigating and a statement would be issued later.

Australia cancels Belt and Road deals with China Australia cancels Belt and Road deals with China Payne said she would "continue to consider foreign arrangements" but expected the "overwhelming majority" would not be affected. China is Australia's largest trading partner and before the pandemic, its biggest source of overseas university students.

Indonesian Navy searches for missing submarine with 53 people on board Indonesian Navy searches for missing submarine with 53 people on board An Indonesian navy submarine has gone missing in waters north of the island of Bali, with 53 people on board. Several countries, including Australia, India and Singapore have offered to provide assistance.

Ontario reports almost 4,500 new COVID-19 infections Ontario reports almost  4,500 new COVID-19 infections Nunavut's premier says the Health Department uncovered three more cases of COVID-19 in the territory Tuesday, all in Iqaluit. Ontario and the federal government have requested help from the Atlantic region in recent days as the pandemic rages on.

Oxygen runs low in India as hospitals battle virus 'storm' Oxygen runs low in India as hospitals battle virus 'storm' Around 120 patients are now in the ICU. "No hospital beds, no oxygen, no vaccination". In another tweet, he wrote, "Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi".

Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder — George Floyd trial Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder — George Floyd trial Artist Natalee Hudson stopped by Albuquerque Civic Plaza to reflect on the guilty verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin . The South Asian Bar Association of North America applauded the jury verdict that found Chauvin guilty on all counts.

ONTARIO: Province should brace for AstraZeneca shipment delay, Ford says ONTARIO: Province should brace for AstraZeneca shipment delay, Ford says Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said Ford's government had "lost the trust and confidence of the people of Ontario". Ontario announced 4,447 new cases on Monday, with a 10.5% positivity rate and 19 more deaths.

PM to front media after new positive border worker case confirmed PM to front media after new positive border worker case confirmed The case appears to be unrelated to the travel bubble though and flights with Australia have not been suspended. Victoria recorded zero new local cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with four new cases in hotel quarantine.

BC enacting new order restricting non-essential travel BC enacting new order restricting non-essential travel British Columbians are asked to be mindful of traveling outside of their communities and health regions and reduce indoor and outdoor contacts.

Doctors denied access to Navalny prison hospital Doctors denied access to Navalny prison hospital France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday that those sanctions could be expanded. Washington and Moscow have recently expelled 10 of each other's diplomats in tit-for-tat moves.

After Alexei Navalny hospitalized in prison After Alexei Navalny hospitalized in prison Russia's prison service said Navalny, 44, was in a "satisfactory" state and he was being given "vitamin therapy" with his consent. Navalny was in prison, the guards tormented him, waking him loudly every hour through the night so he could not sleep.

Judge: Maxine Waters Has Created A Potential Appeal By Chauvin Judge: Maxine Waters Has Created A Potential Appeal By Chauvin In a news briefing on Monday, Psaki evaded the direct question about Waters and chose to accuse the police of violence and racism. Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after he was arrested by police on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

UK probes virus variant detected in India UK probes virus variant detected in India Johnson was planning to travel to India on April 26 for four days to attend a series of meetings with government officials. The red list is the government's list of 40 countries from which there are strict restrictions on travel to England.