Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402 that vanished is believed to have run out of oxygen

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The missing Indonesian that vanished off the coast of Bali is believed to have run out of oxygen for its 53 crew members. The search remains active yet but the vessel remains unfound. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the U.S. was sending a P-8 Poseidon plane to assist in the search and could send additional resources. The Australian navy sent two of its ships as well, and India, Singapore and Malaysia also offered assistance to the 24 Indonesian ships. “Our main priority is the safety of the 53 crew members,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in a televised speech Thursday. ” The area of interest is about 40 kilometers (approximately 25 miles) north of Bali, where oil had been spotted on the surface of the water near the dive point, and where an object likely to have come from the submarine was detected.

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A naval vessel detected an object with “strong magnetic resonance” at a depth of 50 to 100 meters (164 to 328 feet). Adm. Yudo Margono, the chief of staff of the Indonesian Navy, said the submarine has sufficient oxygen for 72 hours, meaning it would last until Saturday. Margono said there are two possibilities to explain the spotted on the surface: the submarine tank could be leaking because it dove too deep, or the submarine released fluid on board in an attempt to rise to the surface. The submarine has the capability to dive up to 500 meters (approximately 1,640 feet) below sea level, but authorities estimate it went 100 meters to 200 meters deeper than that.