Indonesian officials working to determine how a military submarine with 53 crew members sank earlier this month during a training exercise said the ship may have been hit by a lonely internal wave in the treacherous waters off Bali.
Australia’s ABC.net.au reported that such waves are invisible but have the strength to drag a submarine into dangerous depths. The report says there have been several theories, but the evidence seems to point to the wave not being evident on the surface of the water.
The report says Indonesian Navy officials looked at satellite images of the area and determined that these massive waves were in the area at the time of the sinking.
Rear Admiral Iwan Isnurwanto, the commander of the Indonesian Navy Command and Staff School, told the station that the wave may have “moved up from the bottom to the north and there is has a trench between two mountains “.
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“There was nothing they could do, no time to do anything… if the submarine was shot down by such a wave. [downward]”Isnurwanto said, according to Nikkei Asia.” We need to investigate further, but that is most likely what happened.
An underwater robot equipped with cameras documented the lost submarine lying in at least three pieces on the ocean floor at a depth of 2,750 feet.
The cause of the sinking of the submarine remains uncertain. The Navy had previously said a power failure could have prevented the submarine from performing emergency procedures to resurface. The report says other theories include a missile strike or catastrophic power outage.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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