02:30 GMT08 May 2021
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    The submarine, conducting torpedo drills near the island of Bali, failed to contact the Indonesian Navy on Wednesday, while the military later discovered debris from the vessel during a search operation.

    The Indonesian Navy confirmed that a submarine, missing near Bali, has sunk, President Joko Widodo stated.

    "The army and navy have changed the status of the KRI Nanggala 402 submarine from having lost contact to being 'sub-sunk' or drowned, Widodo told the press. "All of us Indonesians express our deep sorrow over this tragedy, especially to the families of the submarine crew".

    At the same time, Navy Chief Yudo Margono stressed that "there is no hope of finding survivors among the 53 crew members aboard".

    Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala (402)
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    Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala (402)

    The German-made submarine, KRI Nanggala-402 was carrying fifty-three people, when it went missing in the Bali Sea. According to the navy, it was discovered at a depth of 850 metres (around 2,800 feet), and the oxygen supply in the submarine was believed to have been exhausted on Saturday morning.

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