A missing Indonesian submarine that went missing off Bali and reportedly ran out of oxygen for its 53 crew members – but the search remains active.
KRI Nanggala 402 went missing on Wednesday after diving during a training exercise. Authorities have predicted it will run out of oxygen at 3 a.m. on Saturday – and Bali is 12 hours ahead of the US east coast.
The U.S. Navy and assets from several other countries have joined in the search, but the ship has still not been located.
Authorities had feared it had sunk to depths of up to 2,300 feet below the surface – this would put it out of reach of rescuers and could potentially crush the hull. But they hoped to find it in shallower water where they sent a signal to an object with high magnetism.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday the United States is sending a P-8 Poseidon aircraft to help with the search and may send additional resources.
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The P-8 is a multi-purpose Navy aircraft capable of hunting submarines and deploying sonar buoys.
The Australian Navy also sent two of its ships, and India, Singapore and Malaysia also offered assistance to the 24 Indonesian ships and a patrol plane deployed for the search and rescue attempt earlier this week.
“Our main priority is the safety of the 53 crew members,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in a televised speech Thursday. “For the family of the crew, I can understand your feelings and we are doing our best to save all of the crew on board.”
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Rescuers had spotted an oil spill near where the submarine was last seen, and authorities speculated that it could have fled from the ship or been deliberately released in an attempt to lose weight and return to the surface.
Fox News’ Peter Aitken and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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