Argentina: ‘Hope at first then everything falls,’ wife of missing sailor speaks of anguish

Journalist: when was the last time they had contact? SOT, Marcela Moyano, Wife of crew member, (Spanish):“On Saturday or Friday, when they arrived to port in Ushuaia, Fernando communicated with Carlos, my husband, and they talked a long time and it was all normal, they were happy with everything that they had lived in this trip and with a lot of happiness to get to Mar Del Plata and join the... Еще family again.” Journalist: Marcela how are the boys with this situation? SOT, Marcela Moyano, Wife of crew member, (Spanish):“The children, inside their innocence, wait for their dad to arrive, just like us.” The wife of one of the 44 missing submarine crew members has spoken of her anguish waiting for news of her loved-one lost at sea. Speaking outside the naval base where ARA San Juan was supposed to dock, Marcela Mayona said: Very anxious because of not knowing, and things seem to be hopeful at first and then everything falls down because if we already knew what happened then one gets happy or sad, but we are like in a state of limbo.” She added: “The children, inside their innocence, wait for their dad to arrive, just like us.” She was just one of the 30 family and friends of the crew members who gathered outside the Mar del Plata naval base on Monday desperately waiting for news. They hanged flags and support messages at the entrance. «You can find them, we are waiting for you» or «with the soul on pause ... until they return» just some of messages left in support of the rescue operation. Minister of Defense of the Nation Oscar Aguad, said on Monday that the government deployed «all available units» to join the search to locate the submarine which is located somewhere in the Argentinian sea. The ARA San Juan submarine disappeared last Wednesday after the Argentinian Navy lost radio contact on the same day. It was supposed to cruise underwater from Ushuaia to Mar del Plata in a trip lasting ten days.

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