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Submarine owner arrested over journalist's disappearance after vessel sinks

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Danish submarine owner accused of causing Swedish journalist's death

Wall's boyfriend had reported her missing when she didn't come home that night after what was supposed to be a short evening voyage.

However, Mr Moller said on Sunday it appeared it was a "deliberate action that caused the sub to sink", amid media speculation that Mr Madsen may have been trying to cover up a crime.

Police have said that Swedish journalist Kim Wall, 30, is missing after taking a ride on Peter Madsen's homemade 17-meter sub, which sank on Friday morning.

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

Mr Madsen, who was rescued after the submarine sank, has been accused of manslaughter and remanded in custody for 24 days.

First launched in 2008, the ship was famous for being the world's biggest privately owned submarine, but it had sat in disrepair for seven years until April.

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

The Navy said the US3 Nautilus was initially seen sailing normally but sank shortly afterwards in Koge Bay, south of Copenhagen. "But I guess that was pretty good, because I otherwise still would have been down there". She also was not identified by name. Yesterday police entered the sub and found it empty.

According to the Copenhagen Post, a search of the vessel is likely to be carried out once it has been towed to port later on Saturday. "I design and manufacture non-commercial extreme machines, employing teams of volunteering engineers and technicians to challenge the ordinary...." "Diving, no matter the method, is very challenging and it*s technically hard to go to beyond where rubber suits and scuba gear can take us".

Two helicopters and three ships combed the sea from Copenhagen to the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm after police received the report it had not gotten back to land just after 3:30 a.m.

Madsen said in an interview with a Danish television station that the trip spun into chaos after a "minor problem" with a mechanism meant to balance the craft turned into a "major issue".

"(He) came up again and stayed in the tower until water came into it" - before swimming to a nearby boat as the submarine sank, he added.

Lisa Leff contributed from London.

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