Indonesia navy declares lost sub with 53 aboard sunk

Indonesia Submarine
Posted at 11:05 PM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-25 01:05:11-04

BANYUWANGI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s military has declared its missing submarine sunk and cracked open after finding items from the vessel over the past two days.

The announcement apparently ends hope of finding any of the 53 crew members alive.

The navy said Saturday the presence of an oil slick and items from the vessel were clear proof it sank.

Indonesia had earlier considered the vessel as just missing, but said its oxygen supply would have run out early Saturday.

The cause of the disappearance was still uncertain. The navy had previously said an electrical failure could have left the submarine unable to execute emergency procedures to resurface.