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Indonesia confirms all 53 onboard submarine dead following lengthy search

Indonesia’s Navy has confirmed its missing submarine had sunk and cracked open, killing 53 crew members aboard, after finding items from the vessel over the past two days.

Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said the presence of an oil slick as well as debris near the site where the submarine’s last dive on Wednesday off the island of Bali were clear proof the KRI Nanggala 402 sank.

Indonesia earlier considered the vessel to be only missing.

The cause of the disappearance is still uncertain.

The navy had previously said an electrical failure could have left the submarine unable to execute emergency procedures to resurface.

No bodies have been found so far.

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