Argentine navy announces end to ‘rescue mission’ phase of search for missing sub
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Argentine navy announces end to ‘rescue mission’ phase of search for missing sub

December 1, 2017

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The Argentine navy said on Thursday that it had ended its “rescue mission” for 44 crew members aboard a submarine that went missing off the coast of Patagonia on Nov. 15. The navy said it would continue to search for the 34-year-old German-made submarine called “ARA San Juan.” Before the vessel went missing, the crew reported that water had leaked through its “snorkel” onto batteries, according to navy captain Enrique Balbi, spokesman for the search and rescue mission.

“More than double the number of days than it would have been possible to rescue the crew have passed,” Balbi said. The navy would continue to search for the submarine in waters up to 1,640 feet (500 meters) deep.

More than 12 countries have sent a total of approximately 4,000 people to aid in the search and rescue of the diesel-electric submarine.

Sources: BBC, The Guardian