Indonesia mourns sunken submarine crew

Indonesian President Joko Widodo sent his condolences on Monday to the families of the crew aboard a submarine found at the bottom of the sea.

Indonesian military chief on Sunday confirmed all crew onboard the sunken submarine KRI Nanggala-402 have died.

Hadi Tjahjanto told a news conference that "based on the evidence that has been found,” the submarine has sunk and none of the 53 crew members on board survived.

Navy chief of staff Yudo Margono added that the 44-year-old submarine was broken into three parts: the hull, the stern, and the main parts

and that cracks were found on the main part of the vessel.

He also ruled out human error as the cause of the accident.

The Indonesian submarine had lost contact during a weapons drill last week.

The country’s top Navy chief blamed the accident on “forces of nature” and not the crew.

More than a dozen helicopters and ships searched the area where contact was lost with the help of the U.S., Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

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