By: Steve Dellar | 11-21-2017 | News
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Update - 48 Hours Left To Save Argentina Sub Crew

As my colleague Kyle James reported three days ago, an Argentinian navy submarine, called the ARA San Juan, <a href="">with 44 people on board has been missing for a while now. </a>

Whilst yesterday the world was at ease when reporting came in that a sonar signal locating them had been heard, however, this later proved to be a false alarm.

Then yesterday the Argentinian navy declared that the ARA San Juan submarine, had reported a mechanical breakdown in its last communication but it was unclear where it was.

The submarine has disappeared 430km (270 miles) off the Argentine coast, it was on a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southern-most tip of South America, and headed towards Mar del Plata.

Naval commander Gabriel Galeazzi stated: "The vessel surfaced and it reported a breakdown."

"A warship has a lot of backup systems, to allow it to move from one to another when there is a breakdown."

Argentina has requested all the help it can get to find the missing submarine before the crew runs out of oxygen. According to calculations, there are now some 2 days left.

A spokesman for the British Navy said: 'Following a request from the Argentine government, HMS Protector has been deployed to join the search and rescue effort for the ARA San Juan.'

Meanwhile, the US Navy has also joined in the search. It has ordered its Undersea Rescue Command from San Diego, California, to deploy to Argentina as soon as possible to support the search for the submarine. NASA sent an Antarctic P-3 Poseidon surveillance aircraft.

Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, who is being constantly updated by the Navy, said they will use 'all resources national and international that are necessary to find the submarine'.

The spouse of machinist Hernan Rodriguez stated: “We feel anguish. We are reserved but will not lose our hope that they will return.”

Argentinean Pope Francis also reacted, stating he was saying 'fervent prayers' for the crew and hoped for their safe return.


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Anonymous No. 12387 2017-11-21 : 13:01

If Argentina asks the UK for help then they're truly desperate

Anonymous No. 12422 2017-11-22 : 01:39


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