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Montevideo, September 22nd 2018 - 03:41 UTC

Russia has ended its help in search for the missing Argentine sub ARA San Juan

Thursday, April 5th 2018 - 08:33 UTC
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The high tech Russian vessel most recently involved in the search was the oceanographic ship Yantar. The high tech Russian vessel most recently involved in the search was the oceanographic ship Yantar.
Argentina has given up hope of finding survivors, but the Navy has continued searching for the vessel. Argentina has given up hope of finding survivors, but the Navy has continued searching for the vessel.

The Argentine Navy has confirmed that Russia has ended its help in the search for the missing ARA San Juan submarine that disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew-members aboard in November.

Russia was the last of more than a dozen foreign countries that assisted in searching a sea area of some 4,000 square kilometers for the ARA San Juan. The multinational search for the submarine employed some of the latest technology in one of the largest efforts of its kind.

An explosion occurred near the time and place where the sub went missing on November 15. Argentina has given up hope of finding survivors, but the Navy has continued searching for the vessel.

Argentine Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi confirmed the end of Russia's collaboration late Tuesday night. He said that local ship Islas Malvinas will carry on with the search.
The Russian vessel most recently involved in the search was the oceanographic ship Yantar. Balbi confirmed that the ship will return to the port of Buenos Aires on April 7.

“We were told the ship would head for Uruguay and would then call into Buenos Aires, but that it wouldn’t return to the search area,” a sister a missing crew-member told local state news agency Télam.

Families of the crew gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires earlier this year asking Russia to continue searching for their loved ones with ships that carry remotely operated vehicles capable of deep seafloor searches.

“The Russians have withdrawn ... and the Argentine ships don't have the technology to find it,” Luis Tagliapietra, the father of 27-year-old crew member Alejandro Tagliapietra.

Tagliapietra has joined a judicial investigation into the submarine's disappearance as a plaintiff. He said that other relatives of the crew are also asking Argentina's government to hire a US private company to carry on with the search.

President Mauricio Macri has vowed a full investigation and offered a US$5-million reward for information to find the vessel. But relatives of the crew say it's not enough.

“Our government is spinning its wheels,” Tagliapietra said. “We're in a state of apathy.”
The San Juan, a German-built TR-1700 class submarine, vanished as it was sailing from the southernmost port of Ushuaia to Mar del Plata after a patrol.

The navy says that the captain reported on Nov. 15 that water entered the snorkel and caused one of the sub's batteries to short-circuit. The captain later communicated that it had been contained.

Some hours later, an explosion was detected near the time and place where the sub was last heard from. The navy says the blast could have been caused by a “concentration of hydrogen” triggered by the battery problem reported by the captain.

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  • :o))

    @EM

    REF: “No national mourning day was decreed, no official ceremony, no mass -- nada”:

    ;( Sadly disgusting and disgustingly shameful fact about the existence of an Official Insensible Behavior which NO word can describe appropriately.

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 09:17 am 0
  • golfcronie

    @EM and you would say exactly the same if Crissie was in power would you?

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 10:02 am 0
  • pgerman

    Enrique

    No any ceremony was held based on the requirements of the families of the crew. They say (they still say) that until the remains of the ARA San Juan were fond they don’t want to have their relatives (the crew) considered officially killed by the Navy and the Nation. Their position can be easily check in the mass media.

    As regards the submarine technical condition, it is quite clear that something unexpected had happened that took the control of the submarine out of the crew. Otherwise, having the submarine sailing at a dept of 300 meters (the debt of the implosion) is not rational at all.

    In addition, the captain of the submarine had the authority, and the legal responsibility, of cancelling any mission to assure the safety of the crew and the submarine. This, the cancelling of a mission, is a legal attribution that can be decided in both, war and peace times. What would be the point of risking the life of the crew and the submarine in a regular trip back to its base in peace times?

    I know that, as usual, you would not comment any of my posts. Lack of answers?

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 11:27 am 0
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