Argentinian navy detects noises that could be signal from missing sub

Aaron Brown
November 21, 2017

"Strength for Argentina. We trust in God".

The Argentinian navy on Monday detected noises that officials believe could be from Argentina's missing submarine, the ARA San Juan. "He's in the San Juan submarine".

Galeazzi said the search would continue until the Argentine sub is found.

Commander Galeazzi said it was normal for submarines to suffer system malfunctions.

More than a dozen global vessels and aircraft have joined the search, which has been hindered by stormy weather that has caused waves up to 20 feet.

Experts are analyzing sounds that might have come from an Argentine submarine lost for five days with 44 crew members on board, the country's navy said Monday.

"Yesterday's news was something of a respite for us, to know that there is life", Claudio Rodriguez, the brother of a crew member, said on television channel A24 on Sunday morning. A USA company that specializes in satellite communication is trying to help the Argentines pinpoint the location of the sub.

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.

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According to the protocol, the San Juan would have had to come to the surface or to activate a radio beacon of distress by noting the break in contact with its base.

All terrestrial communications stations along the Argentine coast have been ordered to search for communications and listen to all possible frequencies of transmission by the submarine to try and make contact with the vessel.

Earlier Saturday, Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said the area being searched off the country's southern Atlantic coast has been doubled as concerns about the fate of the submarine and its crew grew.

The first rescue system - the submarine rescue chamber and an underwater, remotely operated vehicle - was flown from Miramar to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, where it's expected to arrive Sunday. It was on a 10-day voyage from Argentina's southernmost port, Ushuaia, to the naval base at Mar del Plata, 250 miles (400km) south of Buenos Aires. However, it would not be unusual for storms to cause delays, Balbi said.

From the Vatican, Argentine Pope Francis said he was making "fervent prayers" for the crew.

A U.S. Navy official familiar with the search cautioned that it was unclear whether the Argentines described the sound as something similar to tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported.

MAR DEL PLATA - The argentine submarine San Juan, missing with 44 sailors in the south Atlantic, reported Wednesday a loss in its last communication, revealed Monday the military as the search intensifies. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina.

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