TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff (KSAL) Admiral Yudo Margono on Thursday said that the missing submarine KRI Nanggala - which had lost contact since Wednesday in the waters of Bali - is equipped with oxygen reserves that can only last 72 hours to keep its sailors alive.
“The oxygen reserve of the KRI under blackout circumstances right now can last 72 hours, so more or less three days,” said the Admiral in today’s press conference.
With the assumption that the lost of contact was on Wednesday at 03:00, the oxygen reserve in the missing submarine last roughly until Saturday dawn.
“Hopefully they can be saved before that,” he said.
Prior to the incident, the KRI Nanggala submarine was undergoing torpedo drill and that they had followed every procedure in the underwater drill, said the Indonesian Navy chief of staff.
The submarine’s turning tower was still visible up to 03:30 central Indonesia time but when it started to submerge at 03:46, it was no longer visible for the torpedo launching. The submarine did not even request for the authorization to launch the torpedo.