Danish submarine sub owner accused over journalist's death

Policemen stand in front of a house in Copenhagen Denmark

He has denied responsibility for the fate of 30-year-old Kim Wall, saying she had disembarked before his vessel went down.

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.

According to a statement Wall's family shared with CPJ today, the 30-year-old Swedish-born journalist, who was based in NY and Beijing, was working on a story about inventor Peter Madsen when she went missing.

The family of a journalist who has been missing since she joined the inventor of an amateur-built submarine on a voyage in Denmark says she freelanced for prestigious publications such as the New York Times, The Guardian and Vice Magazine.

In a statement to Swedish paper Aftonbladet, Ms Wall's family said: "It is with great dismay we received the message that Kim is missing".

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.

Copenhagen Police confirmed the charges on Friday evening, but its divers have been unable to enter the submarine thus far.

"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 said.

Madsen had wanted to launch himself into the space race before building his submarine the Nautilus, the biggest privately-made one ever when he made it in 2008.

Its owner Madsen was rescued shortly before, but there was no sign of the Swedish journalist.

Madsen says he dropped her off before the sinking.

Copenhagen police have appealed for anyone who may have seen Ms Wall to contact them. The court decision follows Madsen's arrest yesterday on preliminary murder charges.

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

It was the journalist's boyfriend who alerted authorities early Friday that the sub had not returned from a test run, police said. Half an hour later "the submarine suddenly sank and the owner was subsequently rescued on a private motorboat sailing him in port".

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

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Two red cards condemn Chelsea to 2-3 loss to Burnley
The game between Swansea and Southampton had no goals , while Wayne Rooney bagged the victor as Everton saw off Stoke City 1-0.

Manchester City are getting used to Guardiola's philosophy, says Yaya Toure
We tried to make it a young squad and we did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now in the last weeks. This as a result of their goalkeeping reinforcement and their more electric sidelines as it appears.

Gold, silver shine as geopolitical tension rises
The S&P 500 dropped 1.4% to 2438.21, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 204.69 points, or 0.9%, to 21,844.01. The dollar weakened against the yen, which is often sought in times of geopolitical tension.

Federer, Canadian teen Shapovalov reach semis in Montreal
Schwartzman's only ATP win was on clay in Istanbul a year ago . "I was not as fast". I started to believe more and more again.

With Shares Trading down at $8.70 (FSIC) FSIC Reports Second Quarter 2017…
Finally, BidaskClub raised FS Investment Corporation from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link .

Other news