Specialist British Forces Team Join Search For Missing Argentine Sub

Trevor Jackson
November 22, 2017

Brief hope is followed by disappointment, as sounds detected from about 200 meters under the sea, . during search operations for a missing Argentine submarine were found to not come from the missing vessel.

"The vessel surfaced and it reported a breakdown", naval commander Gabriel Galeazzi said.

However, the Navy spokesperson said that it is going to conduct a thorough search in that area, taking advantage of the two research vessels of the Navy and a Brazilian polar ship, so as to make sure that noise was really not from the missing submarine.

As the clock is ticking, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, among other nations, have all sent either ships or planes to help with the search.

Another official said earlier that the submarine reported a battery failure and was returning to base when it went missing Wednesday and lost contact with authorities. The sounds that were heard from where the underwater vessel was last heard of did not belong to the unfortunate submarine.

The U.S. Navy Southern Command said the SRC uses advanced technology capable of reaching depths of 850 feet and rescuing six people at a time.

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The search and rescue operation is being led by Defense Minister Oscar Aguad. "This is why we are deploying all resources with high-tech sensors".

More rescue equipment is scheduled to arrive in Argentina early next week. "They could not help determine a point on the map to help the search".

Crew members' relatives have gathered at the Mar del Plata naval base, waiting for news.

This type of problem is considered routine, and the crew was reported safe, he added. The navy did not give details of its content. The foul weather over the weekend means that it is unlikely that she could have come close enough to the surface to refresh her air.

Peter Layton, a visiting fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute at Australia's Griffith University, offered a scenario similar to Balbi's: If the vessel had sunk but was still intact, Layton said, the crew would have about a week to 10 days of oxygen. If the vessel is resting on Argentina's continental shelf, it is likely in waters shallower than this, but if it's farther out into the Atlantic Ocean, it could be below its "crush depth" in which the hull buckles under pressure. They had raised hopes that the crew members were alive. More than a dozen worldwide vessels and aircraft have joined in a maritime search that has become a race against the clock.

The navy on Saturday reported seven communication attempts that were initially believed to originate from the San Juan.

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