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Indonesia Posthumously Promotes Sunken Submarine Crew

Jakarta, Apr 26 (EFE) .- The president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, announced this Monday that he will posthumously promote the fifty crew members of the Indonesian Navy who died in the accident of the submarine KRI-Nanggala-402, located on Sunday at more than 800 meters deep in the waters of Bali after four days of searching.

“The state will grant higher level promotions and honor to these soldiers for their sacrifice and dedication,” the president said in a statement in which he conveyed his “deep condolences” for the death of the 53 crew members of the submarine.

After an agonizing search against the clock, the authorities announced this Sunday that they were presuming dead all the crew of the submarine that disappeared at dawn on Wednesday in waters north of Bali, after finding the submersible divided into three parts at a depth of more than 800 meters.

Rescue teams have not yet been able to find the bodies of any of the crew, who once recovered, will be transferred to the city of Surabaya, on the island of Java.

The authorities, who on Saturday considered the submarine sunk but still hoped to find a live crew member, rule out that the accident was caused by human error and suspect that it began to suffer cracks when it was between 400 and 500 meters below the surface. surface.

According to the videos and photos of the submarine published by the Indonesian Navy, the rear and front parts of the submersible detached and the central part remained whole, but with some cracks.

Hundreds of people in boats and helicopters of the Indonesian Navy combed tirelessly for days – helped by the sonar system and other equipment – the waters north of the island of Bali where contact with the submarine, manufactured in Germany in 1978, was lost.

KRI-Nanggala-402 was located by a submarine from Singapore participating in the search.

In addition to Singapore, Australia, India and the United States were involved in the search, with special equipment to help locate the submarine, which disappeared during military exercises.

“I also convey my appreciation for the help of friendly countries in the efforts and arduous search for KRI Nanggala 402,” the Indonesian president said in his statement.

(c) EFE Agency

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