Danish Inventor Charged with Murder After Submarine Is Wrecked

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

The submarine, UC3 Nautilus, is one of three constructed by Madsen.

A Danish inventor and owner of a huge DIY submarine has been accused of manslaughter after the disappearance of a female journalist who had been on board before it sank, police said yesterday.

Peter Madsen was arrested Friday on preliminary manslaughter charges after his 40-ton, almost 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) submarine sank off Denmark's eastern coast.

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

But Madsen says he returned Ms Wall to land at 10.30pm on Thursday and has denied any involvement in her disappearance.

The woman was a journalist writing about Madsen and his submarine, Swedish and Danish media reported.

Madsen's company RML Spacelab is seeking to send people into space and is developing a rocket, floating launch pad and astronaut testing machine, its website says.

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.

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The navy initially said the sub was "found sailing" south of Copenhagen, but Mr Damgaard later said the 40-ton, 60ft-long submarine had sunk.

"It is with great dismay that we received the news that Kim went missing during an assignment in Denmark", her family said in statement emailed to The Associated Press.

A look at her Facebook page reveals she has written stories all over the world for the likes of the New York Times and the Guardian.

Her family says the 30-year-old Sweden-born journalist lives in NY and Peking and had studied at the Sorbonne university in Paris and the London School of Economics.

Officers did not identify the owner, Peter Madsen, but he appeared on Danish television on Friday to discuss the submarine's sinking. "(He) came up again and stayed in the tower until water came into it" before swimming to a nearby boat as the submarine sank, he added.

A salvage vessel, the Vina, on Saturday raised the submarine, which was seven meters (23 feet) under water off Copenhagen's south island of Dragoer.

Peter Madsen was arrested Friday on preliminary manslaughter charges after his 40-ton, almost 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) UC3 Nautilus sank.

The inventor, 46, denied the charges and said he had dropped the woman off in Copenhagen on Thursday night, according to the police.

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