Man, just when I thought life could not get any weirder…
So, this morning I started my day as usual with a cup of coffee and pulled up my saved Google News search to update my website’s World Naval News section; and there on the first like was a news story about my friend Danish Peter Madsen and his private submarine, UC-3 Nautilus.
Oh man, what happened? I was glad he was ok, but sad he lost the sub. See, back in 2008 I hosted a convention in Copenhagen for submarine nerds like me and diving on the Nautilus was the feature event. It was a thrill, and very cool.
I was able to man the lookout as we navigated the harbor, and close the hatch when we dived to the bottom. That experience was worth a million lines of code and review writing.
I enjoyed meeting Peter and he was so thoughtful, he posted the name of our website across the sail of his sub.
Then about 4 hours later this morning, I my phone started ringing like a slot machine from text messages, Skype, FB messages, etc New developments like a bad dream. Peter has been charged with murder.
Man Charged With Killing Missing Journalist After Crowdfunded Sub Sinks [Updated]
On Friday, the UC3 Nautilus, a famous DIY submarine, sank off the coast of Denmark. Its owner, Peter Madsen, was later rescued and claimed he’d had technical difficulties. Copenhagen police now say that they’ve charged Madsen with killing a Swedish woman who was last seen with him on board the submarine.
What the hell? It seems Peter did have the lady aboard the sub but he claims he dropped her off on an island. So he has a story and it remains to be seen if the facts support it, but he is definitely in a bind now.
Speculation is plentiful. I’m guessing if the police charge him with murder (one Danish friend says the charge is more akin to manslaughter) then he must have made conflicting statements. We can assume there is a lot that remains to be learned; will the woman turn up somewhere? Did anyone see a home-made submarine dock and let a woman off? What kind of “island” are we talking about? A bird sanctuary deserted island or another section of land with roads, people, and businesses? What will the police find when they bring the sub up? One thing seems likely, if Peter claims the lady was ok and he let her off the sub, and she turns up dead, then probably there’s no way he can claim anything was an accident.
Ok, just wow.