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Danish submarine owner arrested over journalist's death

13 August 2017

New York, August 12, 2017-The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Danish authorities to mount a rigorous, thorough investigation into the disappearance of Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist who was reported missing yesterday while reporting on an amateur-built submarine that sank off the coast of Copenhagen, according to media reports.

Peter Madsen faces manslaughter charges over the disappearance of the female journalist.

The 40-ton, almost 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) vessel has been described as the largest privately built submarine of its kind.

Madsen told police he had dropped off Wall not far from where their journey began, but after she was later reported missing, authorities suspected she may have been inside the submarine when it sank.

"Peter Madsen faces preliminary charges (of manslaughter) for having killed in an unknown way and in an unknown place Kim Isabell Frerika Wall of Sweden sometime after Thursday 5pm", prosecutor Louise Pedersen told a packed courtroom.

He denies any involvement in the disappearance of 30-year-old Kim Wall who had been on board the 60ft-long vessel before it sank.

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Mr Madsen appeared calm during an interview with Danish television shortly after the submarine sank, saying: "I am fine, but sad because Nautilus went down".

Wall's boyfriend alerted authorities early Friday that the sub, named the UC3 Nautilus, had not returned to Copenhagen as expected. She also was not identified by name. Divers were initially unable to safely enter it. They were hoping to tow it to port on Saturday and open it then, the statement said. RML Spacelab is seeking to send people into space and is developing a rocket, floating launch pad and astronaut testing machine among other projects, the site says.

"The undersea world is close, it's attractive, always just around the corner in Denmark".

According to a timeline compiled by police, on Thursday at about 7 p.m. local time (1700 UTC), the sub departed Refshale Island, a former industrial shipyard transformed into a creative hub, for what was supposed to be a short trip.

Two helicopters and three ships scoured the Baltic Sea waters between Copenhagen and the island of Bornholm. It was spotted by a lighthouse in Koge Bay, a seaport south of the city, at 10:30 a.m. It also reported that police were looking to determine if Madsen had sunk the submarine deliberately.

Danish submarine owner arrested over journalist's death