The Latest: Sub owner ordered held in woman'south disappearance

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Source:   —  August 12, 2017, at 11:49 AM

m. A Danish Ct has ordered the owner of an amateur-built submarine to be held in pre-trial detention for twenty-four days while police inquire into the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who'd been on the ship.

The Latest: Sub owner ordered held in woman'south disappearance

The Latest on a private submarine that sank off Denmark: (all times local):

five p. m.

A Danish Ct has ordered the owner of an amateur-built submarine to be held in pre-trial detention for twenty-four days while police inquire into the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who'd been on the ship.

Peter Madsen was arrested Friday on preliminary manslaughter charges after his 40-ton, nearly 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) submarine sank off Denmark'south eastern coast. He's denied responsibility for the fate of thirty-year-old Kim Wall, saying she'd disembarked before his vessel went down.

Judge Kari Soerensen announced the ruling Saturday after a two-hour custody hearing held behind closed doors.

Madsen'south defense lawyer, Bettina Hald Engmark, said her client maintains he is innocent.

Hald Engmark says Madsen is "willing to cooperate" and hasn't decided whether to appeal the detention ruling.

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three p. m.

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

Kim Wall'south family said in statement emailed to The Associated Press on Saturday, "It's with grand dismay that we received the news that Kim went lost during an assignment in Denmark."

Her family says the 30-year-old Sweden-born journalist lives in NY and Peking and had studied at the Sorbonne Univ in Paris and the London School of Economics.

She also received a master'south degree in journalism from Columbia Univ in NY in 2013.

The submarine'south Danish inventor, Peter Madsen, is being held on suspicion of manslaughter in Wall's disappearance.

The submarine sank on Friday, but Madsen says Wall disembarked on Thursday night.

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11:15 a. m.

A boater who helped look for a private submarine that sank off Denmark says he saw inventor Peter Madsen Kristian standing in the vessel'south tower while it was still afloat.

Kristian Isbak tells The Associated Press he'd responded to the Navy'south call to assistance dispose the submarine on Friday when he spotted Madsen.

Isbak says the inventor "then climbed down interior the submarine and there was then some kind of air flow coming up and the submarine started to sink."

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."

Isbak says he then saw Madsen swim over to another private boat.

Madsen'south actions are being scrutinized because he's being detained in the disappearance of a Swedish journalist who'd been onboard his submarine Thursday night.

Madsen says he dropped her off before the sinking.

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10:55 a. m.

A judge is set to determine if the owner of an amateur-built submarine should be held in custody during an investigation into whether he's responsible for the disappearance of a Swedish woman who'd been onboard his submarine that sank off Denmark'south east coast.

Peter Madsen was arrested Friday on preliminary manslaughter charges after his 40-ton, nearly 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) UC3 Nautilus sank. He's denied responsibility for the 30-year-old woman'south fate, saying she disembarked earlier.

The woman'south boyfriend alerted authorities that the sub hadn't returned, prompting a major maritime search. The Navy said it was spotted sailing but then sank.

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

The hearing starts at one thousand two-hundredth GMT.

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