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Grieving family pay respects to doomed Indonesian submariners


  • The Indonesian navy was on Monday making an attempt to work out the way it may salvage the stays of a submarine from the underside of the Bali Sea.
  • Grieving family gathered on the seashore in Bali on Monday to pay their respects to the sailors who died onboard.
  • A spokesperson for Indonesia’s navy stated a retrieval operation was nonetheless being mentioned with consultants and worldwide our bodies.

The Indonesian navy was on Monday making an attempt to work out the way it may salvage the stays of a submarine from the underside of the Bali Sea and retrieve the our bodies of the 53 sailors who died onboard.

The German-built KRI Nanggala-402 was found mendacity on the seabed on Sunday damaged into at the very least three components, 4 days after it misplaced contact whereas getting ready to conduct a torpedo drill.

Naval officers throw a flower garland into the ocean on the port of Semarang on 26 April, 2021, as signal of respect for the submarine that disappeared off the coast of Bali and has been discovered cracked into items on the seafloor with all 53 crew killed within the catastrophe.

Grieving family gathered on the seashore in Bali on Monday to pay their respects to the sailors who perished, and urged the authorities to deliver up their our bodies from the depths.

Specialists say will probably be a frightening job to carry the submarine to the floor from the deep water, requiring specialised salvage gear.

A spokesperson for Indonesia’s navy stated a retrieval operation was nonetheless being mentioned with consultants and worldwide our bodies.

“We are going to analyse the beneath water photos and video, the present and many others to determine the expertise that can be used,” First Admiral Julius Widjojono stated.

A sonar scan detected at the very least three components of the submarine at a depth of 850 metres, far past Nanggala’s diving vary.

Family members of crew member I Gede Kartika congregated at Celukan Bawang on Bali’s north coast on Monday. Some carried incense and flowers as they clutched framed pictures of him in his naval uniform. Others rowed out to sea to ceremoniously scatter petals within the water.

“We’ve already given our son to the federal government. Now that he has fallen on this operation, we hope the federal government will return his stays to us after all of the official ceremonies,” stated Wayan Darmanta, the uncle of the submariner.

Relations of one other misplaced crew member additionally gathered on the port city of Banyuwangi, which is residence to the naval base on Java island the place the Nanggala was stationed, to pay their respects.

President Joko Widodo provided his condolences to the family and pledged the state would fund the schooling of the lifeless sailors’ kids.

A world search and rescue effort involving plane and specialised naval vessels, together with from Singapore, Australia and the USA, had raced in opposition to the clock to search out the submarine in case it was nonetheless intact and earlier than oxygen ran out.

However on Sunday Indonesia’s navy chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto confirmed the Nanggala had sunk and all of it crew had died.

(Extra reporting by Yuddy Cahya Budiman in Banyuwangi; Angie Teo and Agustinus Beo Da Costa in Jakarta; Writing by Kate Lamb; Enhancing by Ed Davies and Angus MacSwan)


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