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Danish submarine inventor charged over disappearance of Swedish journalist

Danish submarine inventor charged over disappearance of Swedish journalist”

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

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 manslaughter charges over the disappearance of the female journalist.

"I am fine, but sad because Nautilus went down".

Police are hunting for witnesses and camera footage to determine whether the missing woman had disembarked after setting off.

The vessel - the biggest privately made sub ever made when built in 2008 - was located in a bay in Kge, some 50kms from the Danish capital, where the submarine had suddenly sunk shortly before midday.

The ballast tank is a compartment that holds water, which is used as ballast to provide stability for a vessel. The inventor, 46, denied the charges and said he had dropped the woman off in Copenhagen on Thursday night, according to the police.

"Whether the woman was on board the submarine at the time of her disappearance is unclear", police said. "But I guess that was pretty good, because I otherwise still would have been down there".

Before the hearing was closed, the courtroom was packed with Danish and Swedish reporters and the 46-year-old Madsen's relatives.

When asked why he did not respond to radio contact earlier in the day, Madsen told them he had had technical problems, Danish navy spokesman Anders Damgaard told The Associated Press news agency.

Authorities were alerted that something had gone wrong with the submarine by Miss Wall's boyfriend after she failed to return home, prompting a major search operation involving two helicopters, three ships and several private boats.

A salvage ship, the Vina, is working to raise the vessel which came to rest on the sea bed close to Copenhagen's south island of Dragoer.

Nautilus, named after the ship from the classic science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, was built by Mr Madsen after raising $200,000 (£154,000) online.



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