NBC News reported that a U.S. Navy rescue team from San Diego joined international effort to find and recover the ARA San Juan, an Argentine submarine. The vessel and its crew, about 44 members, have been missing for several days in the Atlantic Ocean.
The first group of sailors with the Undersea Rescue command left from Miramar a neighbor in the northern part of San Diego, on Saturday to where the ARA San Juan lost contact with the Argentine navy. The underwater craft was scheduled to arrive in Mar Del Plata on Sunday.
On Monday, November 20, Enrique Balbi, a navy spokesman from Buenos Aires, said two vessels on the search team heard sounds that could possibly be distress signals from the crew aboard the missing submarine. The noise was heard from 656 feet deep and the location is along the route the sub would’ve taken to its home port.
According to CNN, the captain reported a failure in the vessel’s battery system shortly before it disappeared.
This phase of the search and rescue mission is critical, and Balbi noted in a normal situation, the vessel has enough oxygen, oil, water, and fuel to operate for 90 days without any outside assistance. Balbi said the sub could “snorkel” to draw fresh air and charge batteries. However, the ARA San Juan cannot perform the snorkeling motion and the oxygen is slated to last for seven days.
The ARA San Juan has been immersed for five days.
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