The Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff announced Thursday that the 53 Indonesian submarine crew, who have been missing since Wednesday, will receive oxygen until Saturday. Rescue workers had found a metal object at a depth of 50 to 100 meters.
The submarine was lost during a torpedo exercise near the Indonesian island of Bali.
The water is about 600 to 700 meters deep in the area where the exercise was conducted, but it can reach depths of up to 1500 meters in places around Bali. The submarine can handle a depth of 250 to 500 meters.
Hundreds of Indonesian navy personnel resumed the search for the submarine and the 53 people on board, on Thursday. India, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore seek for along way.
Rescue workers found an oil stain in the search area. That is why they narrowed the search area and searched for the submarine in the vicinity of the site using sonar.
According to the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, the object that was spotted at a depth of 50 to 100 meters is extremely magnetic. This may indicate that it is a large object.
The Indonesian fleet is outdated and accidents happen regularly. According to the Indonesian army chief, the 44-year-old German submarine was in good condition.
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