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Danish submarine owner arrested over journalist's death

13 August 2017, 02:07 | Opal Carroll

Danish Inventor Charged with Murder After Submarine Is Wrecked

Peter Madsen. Denmark's navy says that Madsen's privately built submarine that had been feared missing in Danish waters has been found and the crew is safe. The navy says that the 40-ton nearl

Footage aired by Denmark's TV2 shows Mr Madsen getting out of what appeared to be a private boat, giving reporters a thumbs-up sign, saying: "I am fine, but sad because Nautilus went down".

The Danish owner of a homemade submarine that sank south of Copenhagen has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a Swedish journalist who was a passenger on the vessel.

Madsen said "a minor problem with a ballast tank. turned into a major issue" that ultimately caused the vessel - considered the largest privately-built submarine of its kind - to sink.

Kristian Isbak, who had responded to the Navy's call to help locate the ship on Friday, told The Associated Press he first spotted Madsen standing wearing his trademark military fatigues in the submarine's tower while it was still afloat.

Miss Wall is a freelance journalist who graduated with a masters from Columbia University before going on to write about identity, gender, pop-culture, social justice and foreign policy.

There was no trace of the woman, however, and police launched a search.

The decision to rescind Madsen in custody for a further 24 days was made by a judge after a two-hour custody hearing.

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Swedish police said later in the day they were investigating the whereabouts of a missing woman who had been on the submarine at some point. "They were the only two on board yesterday".

Madsen told authorities he had dropped the woman off on an island in Copenhagen's harbor a few hours into their Thursday night trip. She also was not identified by name.

The navy initially said the sub was "found sailing" south of Copenhagen, but Mr Damgaard later said the 40-ton, 60ft-long submarine had sunk.

It is believed a search will be carried out once the vessel has been towed to port later today.

Madsen describes himself as an "inventrepaneur" on the website for his Copenhagen-based company. "I design and manufacture non-commercial extreme machines, employing teams of volunteering engineers and technicians to challenge the ordinary".

The Nautilus set out from Refshale Island, a former shipyard redeveloped as an entertainment and activity spot, at about 7 p.m. local time on Thursday, according to a police timeline.

While the UC3 Nautilus was going down, Isbak says "came up again, stayed in the tower until water came into it as the submarine started sinking". It was expected to arrive in the Danish capital by the end of the evening, said a police statement.



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