Missing Argentine submarine: 'Explosion' heard

Elias Hubbard
November 23, 2017

Days after the disappearance of Argentine Submarine ARA San Juan in the South Atlantic, the navy on Thursday claimed they recorded an "explosion" near the site of its disappearance.

On Thursday, a USA navy aeroplane detected an "object" near the submarine's last-known location, the news agency Reuters reported.

Ships and planes returned Wednesday to a search area to check on the noise that experts said could provide a clue to the vessel's location.

According to Argentina's army spokesman, the submarine was created to survive autonomously for seven days, which means its oxygen supply could have last until Wednesday, November 22.

The US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon is seen before its departure to take part in the search for the ARA San Juan submarine missing at sea, at a military air base in Bahia Blanca, Argentina November 22, 2017.

The navy said on Wednesday it was investigating an unusual noise detected in the South Atlantic hours after it last communicated with the submarine, but refused to confirm whether it indicated an explosion.

"It was not a whale, and it is not a regularly occurring sound", Hinz said.

More than a dozen countries including Russian Federation and the U.S. have sent assistance. Search teams are combing an area of some 185,000 square miles (480,000 square kilometers), which is roughly the size of Spain. US Navy sailors from the San Diego-based Undersea Rescue Command are also helping with the search.

Henao reported from Buenos Aires.

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