Danish submarine creator arrested over missing reporter

Danish submarine creator arrested over missing reporter

Danish submarine creator arrested over missing reporter

The 40-ton, 18-meter-long craft named UC3 Nautilus was his third submarine project. The inventor told authorities Friday that he dropped Wall off on an island in Copenhagen's harbor before the vessel sank.

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.

Mr Madsen is due to appear before a judge today.

On board were Mr Madsen and a Swedish journalist, whose partner had alerted authorities to her absence on Thursday evening, Copenhagen police said in a statement. He is "willing to cooperate" and hasn't decided whether to appeal the detention ruling, Hald Engmark said.

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.

"Whether the woman was on board the submarine at the time of her disappearance is unclear", Danish police said without naming her.

Mr Madsen was rescued, but there was no trace of the woman.

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Madsen's company RML Spacelab is seeking to send people into space and is developing a rocket, floating launch pad and astronaut testing machine, its website says.

The woman was a journalist writing about Madsen and his submarine, Swedish and Danish media reported. The Navy said the sub was seen sailing, but then sank shortly afterward.

While the UC3 Nautilus was going down, Isbak says "came up again, stayed in the tower until water came into it as the submarine started sinking".

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.

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

A salvage vessel has raised the sub to the surface where it is expected to be transported back to land at some point.

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

If tried and found guilty, Madsen would face between five years and life in prison.

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