Argentina Navy: Missing Sub 'Had Called To Report Breakdown'

Katrina Barker
November 22, 2017

Sounds detected in the south Atlantic are not from a missing Argentine submarine, the navy says.

On Sunday, search units were largely relying on information gathered from a British polar exploration vessel, the HMS Protector, which was equipped with an underwater search probe and was following the path taken by the submarine, the ARA San Juan. Two Argentine navy ships detected signals day ago from about 220 miles off the coast at a depth of 650 feet, but the source of the signals could not be determined, the BBC reported.

ARA San Juan soon lost its communication while traversing from an Ushia, Argentina base to its Mar del Plata home base. The official stressed that search efforts thus far have yet to locate the submarine.

Ships and aircraft from Argentina, the United States, Uruguay, Brazil and other nations have been searching for the sub on the surface and underwater.

He also said that a life raft that was found in the search area early Tuesday doesn't belong to the submarine and likely fell off another vessel.

The malfunction did not necessarily cause an emergency, Galeazzi added.

"We continue to deploy all available national and global resources", to find the submarine, Macri said on Twitter. The submarine had reported an electrical malfunction, before losing contact with authorities last Wednesday, in the South Atlantic, some 430 kilometers off the Argentine coast.

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

The captain was told to "change course and return to Mar del Plata", Galeazzi said.

One of the crew is Argentina's first female submarine officer, Eliana Maria Krawczyk, 35, who joined the navy in 2004 and rose to become the master-at-arms aboard the ARA San Juan.

President Mauricio Macri assured families of the missing sailors that the search would continue.

His government also sent five psychologists and a psychiatrist to the base in support of the relatives.

If the sub is bobbing adrift on the surface and the hatch is open, it will have an available air supply and enough food for about 30 days, he said.

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. It was built in Germany and in 2008 was brought to Argentina for maintenance which included the replacement of the electric propeller engines together with the four diesel engines, Reuters reports.

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