Wreck of Argentine submarine found year after going missing: navy

2018-11-17 09:20
A man ties an Argentine flag carrying solidarity messages to a fence at the Mar de Plata Naval Base after the navy announced a sound detected during the search for the missing ARA San Juan submarine is consistent with that of an explosion, in Mar del Plata. (Esteban Felix, AP)

A man ties an Argentine flag carrying solidarity messages to a fence at the Mar de Plata Naval Base after the navy announced a sound detected during the search for the missing ARA San Juan submarine is consistent with that of an explosion, in Mar del Plata. (Esteban Felix, AP)

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The wreckage of an Argentine navy submarine that exploded and disappeared one year ago with 44 crew on board was located in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, the navy said.

There has been "positive identification of the ARA San Juan," at a depth of 800 meters, a statement on Twitter from the navy said.

The Seabed Constructor - a vessel owned by US search firm Ocean Infinity, which set out in September on the latest attempt to find the San Juan - found the missing sub.

The Ocean Infinity ship "decided to do a new search and, thanks to God, it was able to find the zone," navy spokesman Rodolfo Ramallo told Todo Noticias TV.

"Now another chapter opens. From the analysis of the state in which the submarine has been found, we will see how to proceed," he said.

The navy lost contact with the submarine on November 15 last year, about 450 kilometers from the Argentine coast. It was on its way back to base from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina.

An air and sea search began 48 hours later involving units from 13 countries, but the majority withdrew before the end of 2017, as the wintry South Atlantic refused to give up its secrets.

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