A video of the sailors of the sunken Indonesian submarine showing them singing a song titled “goodbye” inside the ship has gone viral and has moved many internet users in Indonesia following the tragic death of its 53 occupants.
The video was recorded with a cell phone inside the KRI-Nanggala-402 submarine before it disappeared in the waters north of the Indonesian island of Bali last Wednesday and was located on Sunday split in three at a depth of more than 800 meters following an international search operation.
“Although I’m not ready to miss you, I’m not ready to be without you, I hope for the best from you,” sing the sailors, one of them with a guitar, in the presence of the submersible’s commander, Heri Oktavian.
It is the song “Sampai Jumpa” by the Indonesian band Endank Soekamti, originally from Yogyakarta.
One of the first to share the video on social media a few days ago was Henrik Paulsson, a professor at the Swedish Defense University and a friend of Heri Oktavian.
“They sing a song titled ‘Sampai Jumpa’ which means ‘goodbye’ (…), and the song is about a farewell, it seems they sing it as a farewell to all of us,” said a Twitter user commenting on the video.
The submarine, a Cakra-class model manufactured in Germany in 1978 and delivered to Indonesia three years later, disappeared about 40 minutes after submerging in the early hours of last Wednesday during military maneuvers.
The KRI-Nanggala-402 was located on Sunday by a submarine from Singapore, which was involved in the search in an extensive operation that also involved Australia, India and the United States.
Indonesian authorities rule out that the accident was caused by human error and suspect that it began to crack when it was between 400 and 500 meters below the surface.
In the wake of the tragedy, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the state would award “senior and honorary promotions” to the 53 soldiers killed for their “sacrifice and dedication.”
Authorities are now working to recover the bodies of the sailors from the KRI-Nanggala-402, which although manufactured more than 40 years ago was refurbished in 2012 in South Korea.
Video of Letkol Laut Heri Oktavian and crew singing a love song onboard KRI 402 Nanggala.
53 sailors, one of which was my friend, are now gone. pic.twitter.com/nVON3tnG4P
— Henrik Paulsson (@henrikrpaulsson) April 24, 2021