RESCUE teams now only have FIVE hours to find a missing submarine before the 53 crew members run out of oxygen.
The Indonesian Navy ship went missing on Friday and has 53 crew members on board who are quickly running out of time.
Six warships, a helicopter and 400 people have already been deployed in the area, with desperate officials trying to hone a radar signal detected by an unidentified object today.
Singapore and Malaysia have sent ships, and the United States, Australia, France and Germany have also offered assistance.
The Sun previously reported that the 44-year-old KRI Nanggala-402 submarine went missing about 60 miles (100km) off the coast of Bali early Wednesday morning.
The German-built submarine had conducted a drill but failed to report and contact was lost.
Some reports suggest that the contact occurred after the submarine was given permission to dive into deeper water.
An oil spill found near where the submarine dived could indicate damage to the fuel tank or could even be a signal from the crew.
Officials have now confirmed that an object with “high magnetic force” was seen “floating” at a depth of 50-100 meters.
They said that, if the submarine were still intact, it would only have enough air to last until dawn on Saturday.
They added that they were investigating whether the submarine lost power during a dive and could not perform emergency procedures as it descended to a depth of 600-700 meters, well beyond its survival limits.
“We haven’t found it so far, but with the equipment available we should be able to find the location,” Achmad Riad, a spokesman for the Indonesian army, said at a press conference.
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However, many have downplayed the chances of survival, noting that the only successful submarine rescue in history occurred more than 80 years ago.
The research continues.