Argentina finds lost sub in deep Atlantic, one year after it disappeared

Aaron Brown
November 18, 2018

Argentine Defense Minister Oscar Aguad said Argentina does not have the technology to recover the submarine, and officials are determining next steps, according to the AP.

But a U.S. company Ocean Infinity, contracted by the Argentine authorities to search for the missing submarine, made discovery on Friday that they have located and positively identified the lost vessel off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia.

The confirmation comes after the Argentine Navy confirmed that the ARA San Juan was located yesterday 2,950 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Argentine navy said in the following days that the vessel's captain had reported a short circuit in the vessel's battery system shortly before the last known contact. "We would be pleased to assist with a recovery operation but at the moment are focused on completing imaging of the debris field, " he said.

Last August, Argentina's government hired Ocean Infinity to search for the wreckage, with a promised $7.5 million payout if the submarine was found.

"We are all destroyed here".

All the while, relatives and family members of the missing 44 crew-members pressured the Navy, the Defence Ministry and the Cabinet to continue the search.

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Relatives of crew members prayed for their return in Mar del Plata even as hopes dwindled that the diesel-powered submarine would be found before the air supply ran out. The judge heading the case has so far heard testimony from 70 people but says she is no closer to knowing what happened.

The first anniversary of the submarine's disappearance was commemorated at the Mar del Plata naval base on November 15, with President Mauricio Macri in attendance.

The discovery came the day after a somber ceremony, which Macri attended, at the San Juan's Mar del Plata base on the first anniversary of its disappearance.

Former spokesman of the Navy, Enrique Balbi, gives details of the state of the remains of the submarine Ara San Juan during a press conference.

Eight days after the sub vanished, the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation said that it had detected a noise a few hours after the sub's last contact.

The San Juan - a German-built diesel-electric TR-1700 class submarine - was commissioned in the mid-1980s. And almost 10 days later, Navy officials confirmed there had been an explosion on board, which experts said was likely linked to the battery problem.

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