Judge to rule on submarine owner detained over disappearance

The submarine was Madsen's third attempt at building such a structure and was the largest privately built submarine in the world at the time of its launch in 2008

Danish media said Mr Madsen had been charged with negligent manslaughter and would be detained for 24 days, following his court appearance on Saturday.

A photo released of Swedish journalist Kim Wall who was allegedly on board the submarine before it sank.

Peter Madsen was arrested Friday on preliminary manslaughter charges after his 40-ton, almost 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) ship, named the UC3 Nautilus, sank off Denmark's eastern coast.

"We call on Danish authorities to employ all efforts and resources to carry out an exhaustive inquiry into Kim Wall's fate and whereabouts", CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said.

Copenhagen Police have appealed for witnesses who might have been at Refshaleøen at around 19:00 and 22:30 - the times Madsen claims his submarine left and returned. The inventor has denied wrongdoing and said that he dropped Wall-who was reported to be the only other person on board the submarine with him-off on an island close to Copenhagen Thursday night before the submarine sank, according to AP reports.

A salvage vessel was working Saturday to raise the submarine.

Two helicopters and three ships scoured the Baltic Sea waters between Copenhagen and the island of Bornholm.


The authorities have not yet been able to access the vessel, known as the Nautilus, which lies on the seabed in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen.

"The owner of the submarine was arrested and is accused of having killed the Swedish woman without intent", the police statement said.

Madsen told authorities he had dropped her off back at their departure point at about 10:30 p.m.

Police have launched a search for Ms Wall, a freelance journalist based in New York and China who has written for the New York Times, the Guardian and Vice Magazine.

He told Denmark's TV2 channel there had been a problem with a ballast tank and that it only took 30 seconds for the sub to sink.

"I am fine, but sad because Nautilus went down", he told TV 2. "But I guess that was pretty good, because I otherwise still would have been down there".

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