Bad Weather Hampers Search For Missing Argentine Submarine

Argentina’s military has that reported rough weather off the coast of Patagonia has hindered efforts to find a submarine that went missing with 44 crew. Doubts have been raised over the cause of the signals that were thought to have originated from the ARA San Juan.

The sub was on its way back to the Navy Base, and there has been no communication with the vessel since Wednesday morning, last week, which prompted Buenos Aires to begin a massive search routine around the southern area of Ushuaia.

There were powerful waves up to 20-feet in the region where the vessel disappeared 260 miles off the Argentina coast, which muddled the search efforts. The U.S Navy also sent another special ship to join the search patrol for the missing sub.

On the third day after losing communication with the sub, authorities said they received seven signals which raised hopes that they would have helped in locating the vessel. But sadly, on the fourth day, those expectations seemed to have evaporated.

Still no sign yet

We don’t have clear confirmation that signal originated from that location,” Adm. Gabriel Gonzalez, leader of the base said in a statement. “We’re examining intensely to determine that the signals were not from the missing vessel.”

The satellite telephone company reported that it “found no proof that an Iridium telephone on board the sub had been utilized since it got missing and went silent on Wednesday morning.

Naval force spokesperson Enrique Balbi, cited by the AP, noted that the low-frequency signals gotten on Saturday ended after few seconds, but we initially felt the crew members were attempting to communicate with us.

More than twelve ships from the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Great Britain were part of the search, but sadly, the stormy climate had restricted the search to aeronautical observation, according to Gonzalez.

Two aircraft carrier from the United States also joined the search. According to NPR’s Philip Reeves, the U.S naval force was sending help from its Undersea Rescue Command headquarters located in San Diego.

Authorities say the missing crew ought to have enough oxygen and food on board.