Submarine owner suspected of murder faces custody hearing


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.

A Danish inventor has been charged with the murder of a Swedish journalist who police said had been on his submarine before it was wrecked on Friday.

Peter Madsen, 46, was arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges on Friday after he was rescued from his home-made submarine when it sank off Denmark's eastern coast.

"It took about 30 seconds for Nautilus to sink, and I couldn't close any hatches or anything", Madsen said.

Mr Madsen is due to appear before a judge on Saturday.

The woman's boyfriend alerted authorities that the submarine was missing early on Friday.

Peter Madsen (below) denies killing the Swedish woman, saying he last saw her when he dropped her off on the tip of an island in Copenhagen late on Thursday.

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The police in Sweden said they had tried without success to contact her by phone and that her family had not heard from her.

Before his arrest, Madsen told TV2 that the submarine sank when a minor ballast problem rapidly escalated and sunk the boat. "But I guess that was pretty good, because I otherwise still would have been down there".

Madsen's actions are being scrutinized because he is being detained in the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who had been onboard his submarine Thursday night. She also was not identified by name.

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.

It is believed a search will be carried out once the vessel has been towed to port later today. 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. "I design and manufacture non-commercial extreme machines, employing teams of volunteering engineers and technicians to challenge the ordinary". "Diving, no matter the method, is very challenging and it's technically hard to go to beyond where rubber suits and scuba gear can take us".

Two helicopters and three ships combed the sea from Copenhagen to the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm after police received a report it had not gotten back to land just after 3:30 a.m. Eventually a lighthouse in Koge Bay, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Copenhagen, spotted the craft at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

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.