Disasters & Accidents

Video of Indonesian submarine crew singing farewell song goes viral

Jakarta, Apr 27 (EFE).- A video showing the crew of a sunken Indonesian submarine singing a farewell song inside the vessel has gone viral, moving internet users in the country.

The video appears to have been recorded with a mobile phone inside the KRI Nanggala 402, which disappeared in the waters north of the Indonesian tourist island of Bali last Wednesday.

The submarine was found on Sunday split into three sections at a depth of more than 800 meters after an international search operation. All 53 on board are now presumed dead.

“Although I’m not ready to miss you, I’m not ready to be without you. I hope the best for you,” sing the sailors, one of them with a guitar, in the presence of the submarine’s commander, Lt. Col. Heri Oktavian.

One of the first to share the video on social media was Henrik Paulsson of the Swedish Defence University, who said he was a friend of Oktavian.

“They sing a song titled ‘Sampai Jumpa’ that means ‘Goodbye’ (…) the song is about farewell, feels like they sing it as a farewell to all of us,” said a Twitter user commenting on the video.

The song is by Indonesian band Endank Soekamti, originally from Yogyakarta.

The submarine, a Cakra-class model manufactured in Germany in 1978 and delivered to Indonesia three years later, disappeared about 40 minutes after submerging at dawn last Wednesday during a torpedo-firing drill.

The KRI Nanggala was located by a submarine from Singapore participating in the search. Australia, India and the United States were also involved in rescue efforts.

Indonesian authorities have ruled out human error as a cause of the accident.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, President Joko Widodo announceed that the state would award a “promotion of one level higher and (…) honor for the dedication and sacrifice of these soldiers.”

Authorities are now working to recover the bodies. EFE


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