People throw flowers and petals with names of the sunken KRI Nanggala-402 submarine crew members from the boat during a prayer at the sea near Labuhan Lalang, Bali, Indonesia.
People throw flowers and petals with names of the sunken KRI Nanggala-402 submarine crew members from the boat during a prayer at the sea near Labuhan Lalang, Bali, Indonesia, April 26, 2021. (Antara Foto)

Relatives of the sailors who died in the sinking of a German-made KRI Nanggala-402 submarine grieved their lost loved ones on the shore of Bali Monday and urged authorities to recover their bodies, according to Reuters reports.

The Indonesian navy began working out how to salvage the remains of the submarine and retrieve the bodies of the 53 sailors, whom the military officially declared dead Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

"We have already given our son to the government. Now that he has fallen in this operation, we hope the government will return his remains to us after all the official ceremonies," Wayan Darmanta, an uncle of one of the crew members, was quoted as saying in a Reuters report.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier gave his condolences to the families of the crew members of the Nanggala-402. Widodo also said the government would pay for the education of the crew members’ children, according to Reuters.

Navy chief of staff Yudo Margono said the crew was not at fault for the sinking, blaming "forces of nature."

"The KRI Nanggala is divided into three parts,” Margona said, describing the sub’s condition on the seafloor. “The hull of the ship, the stern of the ship, and the main parts are all separated, with the main part found cracked. There are scattered parts of the submarine and its interior in the water."

The German-built KRI Nanggala-402 had gone missing Wednesday and was found Sunday on the seabed. The submarine lost contact while preparing to conduct a torpedo drill.