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Argentina: Missing sub found, ‘no means’ to recover it - Defence Minister Aguad04:18

Argentina: Missing sub found, ‘no means’ to recover it - Defence Minister Aguad

Argentina, Buenos Aires
November 17, 2018 at 18:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Argentine Defence Minister Oscar Aguad said there were no means to recover the ARA San Juan submarine after it had been located one year after its disappearance, while speaking at a press conference with Argentine Navy Chief of Staff Jose Luis Villan and Argentine Navy spokesperson Enrique Balbi in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

"We don't even have the means to descend to the depths of the sea. We don't even have equipment to extract a vessel that has these characteristics," Aguad said.

Villan confirmed the ARA San Juan submarine was located at a depth of 907m (2975 feet) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, one year after it had disappeared in November 2017.

"This is the area where we had assigned a 90 percent chance of finding it," Villan said.

"It may have imploded, collapsed very near the seabed," Balbi said before showing images taken of the vessel's hull, tail and sail.

Aguad said he was informed of the appearance of "a point of great interest" on the day of the anniversary of the ARA San Juan's disappearance, one day before its finding was announced on Friday.

The ARA San Juan and its crew of 44 went missing on November 15 2017, shortly after reporting an electrical malfunction. It was 480km (380 miles) off the coast of Argentina, en route from Ushuaia to its base in Mar del Plata.

Argentina: Missing sub found, ‘no means’ to recover it - Defence Minister Aguad04:18
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Argentine Defence Minister Oscar Aguad said there were no means to recover the ARA San Juan submarine after it had been located one year after its disappearance, while speaking at a press conference with Argentine Navy Chief of Staff Jose Luis Villan and Argentine Navy spokesperson Enrique Balbi in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

"We don't even have the means to descend to the depths of the sea. We don't even have equipment to extract a vessel that has these characteristics," Aguad said.

Villan confirmed the ARA San Juan submarine was located at a depth of 907m (2975 feet) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, one year after it had disappeared in November 2017.

"This is the area where we had assigned a 90 percent chance of finding it," Villan said.

"It may have imploded, collapsed very near the seabed," Balbi said before showing images taken of the vessel's hull, tail and sail.

Aguad said he was informed of the appearance of "a point of great interest" on the day of the anniversary of the ARA San Juan's disappearance, one day before its finding was announced on Friday.

The ARA San Juan and its crew of 44 went missing on November 15 2017, shortly after reporting an electrical malfunction. It was 480km (380 miles) off the coast of Argentina, en route from Ushuaia to its base in Mar del Plata.