Argentina: Object found in search for missing submarine

Russian ship Yantar and its Chilean counterpart Cabo de Hornos detected an ‘object’ on the seafloor during the search for the missing Argentine, declared Navy spokesperson Captain Enrique Balbi in a press conference in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. The Argentine Navy spokesperson was unable to confirm that the unidentified object was the missing submarine ARA San Juan. «The Russian ship Yantar... Еще with its [search] equipment is already in the search zone. It is currently, scanning the sea bottom with its high-tech sensors and carried out its own [remote] sensing tests, matching the object picked up by sensors from the Chilean Navy's scientific vessel, the Cabo de Hornos. A full search has been delayed due to adverse weather conditions. After repeated questioning from journalists, Balbi denied the final calls made by crew members of ARA San Juan were ‘emergency calls’. He said, “they were normal dispatches, naval communiques to report what you yourselves have been reporting. I want to avoid any kind of misrepresentation.» Four thousand people, 28 ships and 18 countries have joined the search for the missing submarine. The ARA San Juan and its crew of 44 went missing on Wednesday, November 16, shortly after reporting an electrical malfunction. It was 480km (380 miles) off the coast of Argentina, en route from Ushuaia to its base in Mar del Plata.

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