A video has surfaced showing sailors on the doomed Indonesian submarine singing a farewell song weeks before it went down.
The video, which was released by the Indonesian military in March but has garnered the attention of many on social media in recent days, shows uniformed crew members huddled tightly in the submarine while strumming a guitar. Together they sing an Indonesian song called “Sampai Jumpa” which means “see you later.”
“Although I am not ready to miss you, I am not ready to live without you, I wish you all the best,” they sing in unison.
According to the Indonesian military, the short video was recorded weeks before the disaster as part of the farewell of a submarine commander.
The ship commander in charge at the time of the sinking, Heri Oktavian, can be seen in the middle of the group singing with colleagues.
The 53 crew members of the submarine were confirmed dead by the Indonesian military on Sunday after wrecks of the ship were discovered on the seabed, which was divided into at least three parts. It is not known if the people in the video were on the ship when it sank.
“With this authentic evidence, we can explain that ‘KRI Nanggala 402’ sank and all crew members are dead,” Indonesian military chief Hadi Tjahjanto told reporters over the weekend.
The “KRI Nanggala 402”, built in Germany, went missing days before the holiday island of Bali in Southeast Asia and triggered international search efforts. Among other things, the support of the United States, which sent a P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft to support the desperate search in a race against time, since the oxygen supply on board was exhausted.
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At the weekend, debris such as oil bottles and Islamic prayer rugs were found floating in the sea. The submarine lost contact while rehearsing torpedo drills on Wednesday when it missed a scheduled reporting call.
The cause of the disaster remains unclear. The Navy had said a power outage might not have allowed the submarine to take emergency measures to reappear.
The Navy plans to eventually lift the wreck and salvage the dead, although the water depth presents a major challenge, Adm said. Yudo Margono, Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, on Sunday.
The ship was spotted by an underwater robot and scanning technology on the ocean floor at a depth of 838 meters (2,750 feet), Margono said – where the water pressure would be far higher than the hull could withstand, according to previous Navy reports.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his condolences in a televised address on Sunday and expressed his “deep sorrow” as family members mourned.
The submarine had been in service in Indonesia since 1981 and carried 49 crew members and three gunners as well as its commanders, said the Indonesian Ministry of Defense.
The Associated Press contributed.