DIY sub owner accused over journalist's death

Policemen stand in front of a house in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 7, 2016. Photo: Uffe Weng / Scanpix Denmark / AFP

SWEDEN – A Danish inventor and owner of a huge DIY submarine is accused of manslaughter after the disappearance of a female journalist who had been on board before it sank, police said Friday.


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

Danish authorities announced early Friday they were looking for the Nautilus sub, reported to have gone missing the night before in Oresund straight between Denmark and Sweden.

The vessel, the biggest privately-made sub ever made when built in 2008, was located in a bay in Køge, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Danish capital, where the submarine had suddenly sunk shortly before midday.

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On board were Madsen and a Swedish journalist, whose partner had alerted authorities to her absence Thursday evening, Copenhagen police said in a statement.

Madsen was rescued, but there was no trace of the woman. Police immediately launched a search.

"The owner of the submarine was arrested and is accused of having killed the Swedish woman without intent," the police statement said.

"He denies the allegations and explains that he left the woman on the end of the Refshaleøen island" at around 10:30 pm, he said.

Madsen is due to appear before a judge on Saturday.


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