Appeal for emergency recovery of Seaglider SG537 from Indian Ocean

University of East Anglia has deployed a Seaglider in the Indian Ocean as part of the Equatorial Line Observations (ELO) project to investigate the effect of ocean-atmosphere interactions on severe weather systems over the Indonesian and Australian region. The ELO project is organised under the umbrella of the Years of the Maritime Continent (YMC) programme.

On 14 April 2019, the main battery on the Seaglider experienced an unexpected failure and the glider is no longer able to dive. It is now drifting on the surface in the eastern Indian Ocean between Christmas Island and Java. Due to the distance of the glider from the nearest port, we are unable to affect a recovery ourselves.

If anybody has or knows anybody with a ship in the region between Java and Christmas Island who might be able to recover the glider for us we would be extremely grateful for any assistance.

Please contact Prof. Adrian Matthews on

Latest news. 22 April 2019. Our sincere thanks go to CO Kyle Harper and the crew of ABFC Ocean Shield for recovering the glider. Our thanks also go to the many members of the community who offered assistance in this matter.

Latest position
2019-04-22 02:36:35 UTC, 10°13.569'S, 105°21.597'E.

Further information: last 12 GPS fixes of glider location

2019-04-21 12:27:05 UTC, 10°4.739'S, 105°28.977'E.
2019-04-21 15:32:35 UTC, 10°5.286'S, 105°27.273'E.
2019-04-21 23:05:05 UTC, 10°8.293'S, 105°20.737'E.
2019-04-21 23:37:35 UTC, 10°8.593'S, 105°20.427'E.
2019-04-22 00:10:06 UTC, 10°8.945'S, 105°20.174'E.
2019-04-22 00:44:35 UTC, 10°9.285'S, 105°19.892'E.
2019-04-22 00:56:35 UTC, 10°9.408'S, 105°19.774'E.
2019-04-22 01:08:35 UTC, 10°9.534'S, 105°19.657'E.
2019-04-22 01:20:35 UTC, 10°9.659'S, 105°19.54'E.
2019-04-22 01:33:05 UTC, 10°9.795'S, 105°19.436'E.
2019-04-22 01:45:23 UTC, 10°9.859'S, 105°19.169'E.
2019-04-22 02:36:35 UTC, 10°13.569'S, 105°21.597'E.

This page last updated at 2019-04-22 02:38:01.806628 UTC.