Missing Argentine submarine ‘is located by US Navy and a new signal heard’ as rescuers race to the spot with oxygen due to run out imminently

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

Search for missing Argentine submarine intensifies as the crew said to run out of oxygen today
US Navy aircraft reportedly detected a ‘heat stain from a metallic object’ at a depth of about 230ft
Separately, a rescue vessel allegedly reported hearing an infrasound sonar signal late Tuesday night
Sub with 44 crew went missing last Wednesday while sailing from Ushuaia to naval base in Mar del Plata
They sailed on Monday, communication was lost on Wednesday, and search is now involving several nations
An Argentine Navy spokesman warned yesterday that the crew only have oxygen until Wednesday morning

22 November 2017

The missing Argentine submarine may have been located early this morning, after a US Navy aircraft allegedly detected a ‘heat stain’ from 230ft below the surface, some 185miles from the coast, and a rescue vessel separately reported hearing a sonar signal.

The ARA San Juan was sailing from Ushuaia to Mar del Plata when it disappeared with 44 crew members last Wednesday, including Argentina’s first female submariner Eliana Krawczyk, 35, and Luis Niz, 25, who is due to get married in two weeks time.

The crew’s oxygen supply was due to run out this morning as they only had enough on board to last seven days – leaving the international rescue mission racing against time to the spot where the signals were detected.

The ARA San Juan would have enough oxygen for its crew to survive underwater for seven days, if there was no hull breach, according to officials, a time which would have elapsed at 7.30am GMT.

‘We are in the critical phase…particularly with respect to oxygen,’ navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said Wednesday. ‘There has been no contact with anything that could be the San Juan submarine.’

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