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Wreck of missing Argentine sub discovered


Posted on Saturday, 17 November, 2018 | Comment icon 3 comments

The ARA San Juan at Mar del Plata in 2007. Image Credit: CC BY 2.5 Martin Otero
The ARA San Juan has finally been found twelve months after it went missing during a routine mission.
The submarine had been on its way to Ushuaia near South America's southernmost tip when it was forced to surface due to an 'electrical breakdown'.

The vessel was ordered to abandon its mission and return to base immediately, however not long afterwards all contact was lost. The last communication received was at 07:30 on November 15th.

According to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, an unexplained noise or 'hydro-acoustic anomaly' had been picked up a few hours after the sub's last contact.

It is believed that this may have been the sound of the submarine imploding.

Now, twelve months after the ARA San Juan's disappearance, the wreckage of the vessel has been discovered by a US company around 270 miles off the Argentine coast at a depth of 2,620ft.

The relatives of the vessel's 44 crewmembers gathered earlier this week in remembrance.

An investigation in to exactly what caused the submarine's demise remains ongoing.



Source: BBC News | Comments (3)

Tags: ARA San Juan, Submarine

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 17 November, 2018, 12:15
Sad, hopefully, this will put an end to the conspiracy theories.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog on 17 November, 2018, 13:16
Not a lot of happy ending with a submarine mishap...glad that they found it, so the families can put an end to their search of answers.
Comment icon #3 Posted by AllPossible on 17 November, 2018, 17:12
I love submarines and the amazing technology they have but I couldn't be down there for weeksor months at a time.


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