Danish submarine owner arrested over journalist's death

12 August, 2017, 22:52 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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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.

Deputy Insp Jens Moller Jensen said investigators were looking for witnesses who may have seen the woman after the time Madsen said she disembarked. He is "willing to cooperate" and hasn't decided whether to appeal the detention ruling, Hald Engmark said.

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.

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

The Sweden-born freelance journalist studied at the Sorbonne university in Paris, the London School of Economics and at Columbia University in NY, where she graduated with a master's degree in journalism in 2013.

She also received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in NY in 2013.

Madsen (46) financed his submarine project through crowdfunding and completed the submarine, the UC3 Nautilus, in 2008.

Officers did not identify the owner, Peter Madsen, but he appeared on Danish television on Friday to discuss the submarine's sinking.

"He then climbed down inside the submarine and there was then some kind of air flow coming up and the submarine started to sink", Isbak told The Associated Press.

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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.

The owner of an amateur-built submarine was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday after his vessel sank off Denmark's coast and a journalist who had joined him for what was supposed to be a short voyage was reported missing, Copenhagen police said.

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

They described her as "160cm tall, 56kg, 30 years old, with reddish-brown hair and green eyes".

The woman's boyfriend alerted authorities that the sub had not returned, prompting a major maritime search.

The Navy said the US3 Nautilus was initially seen sailing normally but sank shortly afterwards in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen.

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.

The hearing starts at 1200 GMT.

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