Danish submarine owner arrested over journalist's death

Denmark's navy says that Peter Madsen's privately built submarine that had been feared missing in Danish waters has been found and the crew is safe

Copenhagen police say the owner of an amateur built submarine that sank in Denmark's water has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who had been a passenger on his vessel.

By late Saturday the Nautilus had been recovered and was being towed back to Copenhagen.

Prosecutor Louise Pedersen said Madsen faces the preliminary manslaughter charge "for having killed in an unknown way and in an unknown place Kim Isabell Frerika Wall of Sweden sometime after Thursday 5 p.m".

The judge insisted, however, that initial statements should be given behind closed doors.

Friends, relatives and colleagues of Wall, who had been educated at Columbia University, Sorbonne and the London School of Economics, and worked as a freelance journalist, have bombarded social media with requests for information about her. "We sincerely hope that she will be found and that she is well". The submarine, UC3 Nautilus, is one of three constructed by Madsen.

Police said the submarine was on the seabed in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen, at a depth of seven meters.

According to her family Ms Wall lived in New York and Beijing, and had written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the South China Morning Post and Vice Magazine, among others. Divers were initially unable to safely enter it.

The statement did not identify the submarine's owner, Peter Madsen, 46, but the Danish inventor's financing of the project through crowdfunding and first launch of the UC3 Nautilus in 2008 made headlines.

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A privately built submarine that was feared missing in Danish waters has been found and the crew is safe, the Danish navy said Friday.

"We realized that it was Peter Madsen's submarine". "There was a powerful pressure wave around the submarine".

Madsen escaped from the submarine as it sank and was rescued by a private boat.

Footage aired by Denmark's TV2 shows Mr Madsen getting out of what appeared to be a private boat, giving reporters a thumbs-up sign, saying: "I am fine, but sad because Nautilus went down".

Madsen told authorities he had dropped Wall off on an island in Copenhagen's harbour a few hours into their Thursday night trip.

Madsen said there was a valve error that became serious when he tried to fix it. "Then it suddenly became very serious", Madsen told TV2.

Madsen said that once the problem with the ballast tank started, "It took about 30 seconds for Nautilus to sink and I couldn't close any hatches or anything". "But that might be OK, as I would still be down there then".

A Danish court today ordered that Madsen be held in pre-trial detention while authorities investigate Wall's disappearance, the Associated Press reported.

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