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The last 4 paragraphs are telling in my estimation, he was floating in the tower, saw the boat approaching went back briefly inside to scuttle the
sub, because he didn't want to scuttle it till he knew he could be picked up.
Submarine in missing journalist case sunk on purpose, Danish police say
Inventor Peter Madsen is alleged to have scuttled vessel off coast of Denmark that Kim Wall had been aboard
Police technicians investigating Nautilus submarine after Kim Wall’s disappearance.
Police technicians investigating Nautilus submarine after Kim Wall’s disappearance. Photograph: Jens Noergaard Larsen/AFP/Getty Images
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Nicola Slawson, Mark Brown and agencies
Sunday 13 August 2017 11.59 EDT First published on Sunday 13 August 2017 08.53 EDT
An amateur submarine maker is in custody in Copenhagen as police investigate the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who had been onboard his vessel
before he is alleged to have deliberately sunk it off Denmark’s east coast.
Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor whose crowdfunded submarine Nautilus sank near Copenhagen on Friday, was arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges
but has denied responsibility for the fate of 30-year-old Kim Wall.
Amateur submariner arrested over Swedish journalist's disappearance
He claims she disembarked on an island about three-and-a-half hours into their trip on Thursday night, according to Copenhagen police.
Police spokesman Jens Møller Jensen said on Sunday that the submarine had been raised from the sea bed and searched but no body had been discovered.
The search for Wall in the water, from the air and on land, continues.
Møller Jensen added that there were indications that Madsen deliberately sank his submarine.
On Saturday, after a two-hour custody hearing held in private, Judge Kari Sørensen ordered that Madsen be held in pre-trial detention for 24 days
while the investigation into Wall’s disappearance continued.
Prosecutor Louise Pedersen said Madsen faced a preliminary manslaughter charge “for having killed in an unknown way and in an unknown place Kim
Isabell Frerika Wall of Sweden sometime after Thursday 5pm”.
Madsen’s defence lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, said her client maintains his innocence. He is “willing to cooperate” and hasn’t decided whether
to appeal the detention ruling, Hald Engmark said.
Wall, a freelance journalist, had been writing about Madsen and his submarine at the time of disappearing, according to Swedish and Danish reports.
Swedish journalist Kim Wall was writing about Peter Madsen and his submarine.
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Swedish journalist Kim Wall was writing about Peter Madsen and his submarine. Photograph: Tom Wall/EPA
“It is with great dismay that we received the news that Kim went missing during an assignment in Denmark,” her family said.
She lives between New York and Beijing, the family said, and has written for titles including the Guardian, New York Times, South China Morning Post
and Vice. Her LinkedIn page says she writes about “identity, gender, pop-culture, social justice, foreign policy and the undercurrents of
Madsen made headlines when he successfully financed the building of the 40-tonne, 18-metre Nautilus through crowdfunding, completing it in 2008.
He appeared on Danish television on Friday to discuss the submarine’s sinking and his rescue. Footage aired on Denmark’s TV2 channel showed him
getting off what appeared to be a private boat and making a thumbs-up sign as he walked away. “I am fine, but sad because Nautilus went down,” he
Danish police say they have not found the body of a missing Swedish journalist inside the submarine that sunk off the eastern coast last week.
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Danish police say they have not found the body of a missing Swedish journalist inside the submarine that sank off the eastern coast last week.
Photograph: Jacob Ehrbahn/Ritzau Foto via AP
Madsen said “a minor problem with a ballast tank … turned into a major issue” that ultimately caused the sinking of the vessel, considered to be
the largest privately-built submarine of its kind. The ballast tank is a compartment that holds water to provide stability.
“It took about 30 seconds for Nautilus to sink, and I couldn’t close any hatches or anything,” Madsen said. “But I guess that was pretty good
because I otherwise still would have been down there.”
Swedish police said later in the day that they were investigating the whereabouts of Wall, who they said had been on the submarine at some point.
“Whether the woman was on board the submarine at the time of her disappearance is unclear,” police said.
A navy spokesman, Anders Damgaard, said: “He told us that the journalist who also had been on board had been dropped off on Thursday evening. They
were the only two on board yesterday.”
Submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen.
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Submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen. Photograph: Bax Lindhardt/EPA
Authorities were alerted to issues with the voyage when Wall’s boyfriend reported her missing early on Friday. Two helicopters and three ships
searched the sea from Copenhagen to the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm.
The navy initially said the craft was “found sailing” south of Copenhagen. But Damgaard later said the 40 tonne submarine had sunk.
Kristian Isbak, who had responded to the navy’s call to help locate the ship, sailed out immediately Friday and saw Madsen standing wearing his
trademark military fatigues in the submarine’s tower while it was still afloat.
“He then climbed down inside the submarine and there was then some kind of air flow coming up and the submarine started to sink,” Isbak said.
“[He] came up again and stayed in the tower until water came into it”, before swimming to a nearby boat as the submarine sank, he added.
Madsen “told us he had technical problems” to explain why the submarine failed to respond to radio contact, Damgaard said.
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