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Rescue mission for Argentine submarine crew ends, search for sub continues

01 December 2017, 06:24 | Sherry Padilla

Argentina Navy AP via CNN

Missing submarine Argentine navy ends rescue mission

The San Juan went missing November 15 after losing radio contact with its home naval base in Mar del Plata, but it was not until two days later that the navy revealed that the submarine had gone missing.

He said while it was not possible to definitively confirm the crew had perished, "no evidence of a shipwreck was found in the areas explored" and the worldwide rescue effort had continued for "twice the time" it was estimated they could have survived.

"Despite the magnitude of the effort made, it has not been possible to locate the submarine", he said, referring to the worldwide response that included ships, aircraft and personnel from the United States, United Kingdom, Chile and Russian Federation.

The formal end to the rescue effort means that vessels carrying life-saving devices will leave the search area, while additional equipment for search missions at great depths will be deployed.

Argentina's navy announced Thursday that the search for a missing submarine that has been lost for 15 days will continue but the rescue part of the mission is over, reflecting the faded hopes for finding the 44 crew members alive.


"It's unusually cruel. Every day, it's a new blow".

Relatives of the missing had mixed feelings about Thursday s announcement.

In its final communication, the submarine reported it had overcome a mechanical breakdown that resulted from a short circuit due to the entry of water via the vessel s snorkel.

The captain later communicated by satellite phone the problem had been contained. A navy spokesman said this week that the blast could have been triggered by a "concentration of hydrogen" caused by the battery problem reported by the captain.

"The search-and-rescue effort is over", he told reporters.



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