Surabaya, Indonesia – Until Sunday afternoon, Winny Widayanti is still struggling to keep in touch with her husband, Colonel Harry Setiawan, 45 – one of the 53 crew members on the Indonesian cruise liner KRI Nanggala-402.
She took photos of her husband’s friends who came to their house and sent them, and continued to send updates for their children, even though the message was not repeated.
“My heart is broken. I am utterly destroyed. The hardest part is explaining it to my youngest son. I can’t hold back my tears, ”he told Al Jazeera.
Sunday evening, the Indonesian army he announced to find a submarine that was struck about 840 feet[840 m]deep, cut into three pieces. Speaking at a press conference, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, the army’s chief of staff, also announced that all 53 workers had been killed.
The families of KRI Nanggala-402 staff members continued have hope, as oxygen equipment was seen on Saturday, and was praying for workers who had been missing for about a week. The ship lost control of its grip on Wednesday as it undertook a water test on the northern Indonesian island of Bali early in the morning.
But when they heard that the sailors had spread, their relatives paid tribute to the navigators of 1977 and began serving in the Indonesian army in 1981.
‘The Great Man’
Aura Aulia told Al Jazeera that her father, Second Lieutenant Munawir, was a deep and straight sailor known for his actions.
“When someone asks him to do something, he starts doing it without words,” he said.
“Even when he was not working, he always wanted to do useful things, such as swap cars or motorcycles, or do household chores.
“He also loved to travel and had the opportunity to go on trips to play. They often took us on vacations throughout Indonesia to places like Malang, Blitar and Madura, or we went out for a family meal. ”
Lieutenant Second Munawir was 41 years old.
Gresilia, wife of First Sergeant Rusdiyansyah Rahman who oversees electrical engineering at KRI Nanggala-402, told Al Jazeera that the couple had an 18-day-old baby, and that they were expecting the first father to return from the sea to spend time with their son, Muhammad Elzayn Firendra Rahman.
“They promised to come with me to get our baby’s first vaccine when they come back from the boat. But now he is gone forever. I tell my son that his father was a great man. ”
“Despite the most difficult trials in my life, I try to accept it and leave everything to God. “Let my husband rest in peace, because he died on the job and the search teams did their best,” said the 26-year-old.
More than a dozen vessels were involved in the search for the ship, and Singapore, Malaysia, India, Australia and the United States to send special equipment to assist Indonesian officials.
The ship was eventually found using a life-saving boat sent from Singapore, which was able to obtain a visual confirmation of the cracked fragments of the KRI Nanggala-402.
Indonesian troops will try to “pull” the boat out of the submarine as well as submarine tanks and life vests, but that the depth will hamper the experiment and may require special equipment.
Colonel Setiawan’s mother, Ida Farida, told Al Jazeera that she was proud of her son – who should not have been in the water, but decided to join them at the end of the course.
“I did not want him to take my place, but he died while doing his job. He kept his promise to his country for the rest of his life, ”he said.
The 80-year-old also added that he hopes the restoration work will continue until the workers are found.
“I believe that my son’s body will come back to life, whatever we want. We want to bury him in a family grave in Cilubajang in Sukabumi with his late father who was retired from the Air Force.”
On Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, announced that 53 personnel had received a Bintang Jalasena or Navy Meritorious Service Star, which is usually given to members of the Indonesian Army for vacant duty.
He also said that all working children are studying for their undergraduate degree at a university.
Sheva Naufal Zidane, the 18-year-old son of Colonel Setiawan, told Al Jazeera that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps despite the difficulties encountered by KRI Nanggala-402.
“My father had a family. In my eyes he was a good example and he set a good example for me, ”he said.
“Ever since I was small, I have been very close to my father. They always tell me stories about being in the army. My hope is that I too can join the Army. Next year I’m going to get tested at home, hoping to succeed and be proud of my dad. ”
Letkol Laut video Heri Oktavian with singers singing a love song on KRI 402 Nanggala.
The 53 drivers, one of my former friends, are now gone. pic.twitter.com/nVON3tnG4P
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