INDONESIA'S navy is searching for a missing submarine with 53 people on board as experts warn it may NEVER be found in the mile-deep waters.
The sub went missing early this morning and Indonesia is seeking help from neighbouring Australia and Singapore in the hunt, the country's military chief said.
The German-made submarine, KRI Nanggala-402, was conducting a torpedo drill in waters north of the island of Bali but failed to relay the results as expected, a navy spokesman said.
Authorities have now found an oil spill near the submarine's dive location, following an aerial search, said Indonesia's Defence Ministry.
“At 7am Western Indonesia Time from aerial observation by the helicopter, it was found that there was an oil spill around the position of the initial diving," said the ministry.
A total of 49 crew members, plus three gunners and the submarine's commander were on board.
"We are still searching in the waters of Bali, 60 miles (96 km) from Bali, (for) 53 people," air chief marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told Reuters.
The military chief confirmed that assistance in the search for the submarine and missing crew members had been sought from Australia and Singapore.
Missing Indonesia military submarine with 53 crew ‘may NEVER be found as it vanished in mile-deep waters during drills’
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