Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Danish submarine owner arrested over journalist's death

Danish submarine owner arrested over journalist's death

However, when she failed to return home later that day, her anxious boyfriend contacted the authorities, which led to a full-scale search for the submarine in the early hours.

Judge Kari Soerensen announced the ruling Saturday after a two-hour custody hearing held behind closed doors.

The family of a journalist who has been missing since she joined the inventor of an amateur-built submarine on a voyage in Denmark says she freelanced for prestigious publications such as the New York Times, The Guardian and Vice Magazine.

The police said on Friday the inventor had said he had dropped Wall off in Copenhagen on Thursday night.

Press reports named the Swedish journalist as Kim Wall, 30, who was writing a feature story about the inventor.

Police said Peter Madsen, 46, was rescued on Friday after his 17-metre-long homemade submarine began taking on water south of Copenhagen.

FILE - This is a April 30 2008 file photo of submarine owner Peter Madsen. "But I guess that was pretty good, because I otherwise still would have been down there".

Deputy Insp Jens Moller Jensen said investigators were looking for witnesses who may have seen the woman after the time Madsen said she disembarked.

"It is with great dismay that we received the news that Kim went missing during an assignment in Denmark", the family said in statement emailed to The Associated Press. "They were the only two on board yesterday". She also was not identified by name. Divers had not been able to enter the vessel. 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 lovely, always just around the corner in Denmark".

By late Saturday the Nautilus had been recovered and was being towed back to Copenhagen. It was spotted by a lighthouse in Koge Bay, a seaport south of the city, at 10:30 a.m. It was expected to arrive in the Danish capital by the end of the evening, said a police statement. Half an hour later "the submarine suddenly sank and the owner was subsequently rescued on a private motorboat sailing him in port".

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

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