Danish submarine creator arrested over missing reporter

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

"We call on Danish authorities to employ all efforts and resources to carry out an exhaustive inquiry into Kim Wall's fate and whereabouts", CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said.

The reporter's partner raised the alarm in the early hours of Friday when she did not return from what was supposed to be a short journey on the vessel.

The submarine was Madsen's third attempt at building such a structure and was the largest privately built submarine in the world at the time of its launch.

He told Denmark's TV2 channel there had been a problem with a ballast tank and that it only took 30 seconds for the sub to sink.

Peter Madsen is being investigated over the disappearance of journalist Kim Wall who was on the £154,000 UC3 Nautilus submarine shortly before it was wrecked. "But I guess that was pretty good, because I otherwise still would have been down there".

Madsen, an entrepreneur known as an artist, submarine builder and aerospace engineer, went before a judge on Saturday behind closed doors for preliminary questioning.

Copenhagen's Deputy Police Inspector Jens Moller Jensen says investigators are looking for witnesses who may have seen the woman after the time Madsen reported she disembarked. "They were the only two on board [on Thursday]".

Peter Madsen, 46, denies wrongdoing, saying he had dropped the woman off in Copenhagen before the sinking. She also was not identified by name.

Police said the submerged submarine was lying in just over 2m of water, but divers had not been able to enter it safely.

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".

Ms Wall had been writing about Madsen for a story and is believed to have set sail with him from Refshale Island at 7pm on Thursday. Eventually a lighthouse in Koge Bay, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Copenhagen, spotted the craft at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

"A radio contact was established for the boat, which, according to the owner, was heading towards the harbour", police said.

"So far it hasn't been possible to see what there is inside the submarine", it said.

'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 told The Associated Press.

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