Argentina’s navy declared early Saturday that searchers discovered the lost submarine ARA San Juan deep at the Atlantic a year after it vanished with 44 crewmen aboard.
The boat was discovered 800 metres (2,625 ft ) deep in oceans off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, ” the announcement said.
The navy said a”positive identification” was made with a remote-operated submersible in the American boat Ocean Infinity, that has been hired for the newest hunt for the lost vessel. The discovery was first announced two weeks after families of those lost sailors held a commemoration annually following the sub disappeared on November 15, 2017.
On Thursday, on the anniversary of the disappearance,” President Mauricio Macri said the households of the submariners shouldn’t feel lonely and delivered with an “complete and non-negotiable commitment” to find “the facts”.
Macri promised a complete investigation after the submarine has been missing. Federal authorities raided naval bases as well as other buildings January as a part of this probe, shortly after the authorities ignored the head of the navy.
The San Juan has been returning to its foundation from the coastal town of Mar del Plata when contact has been lost.
Argentina gave up hope of finding survivors after an intense investigation helped by 18 states, but the navy has lasted hunting for the boat.
The German-built diesel-electric TR-1700 course submarine was commissioned at the mid-1980s and has been recently refitted between 2008 and 2014.
Throughout the USD 12 million retrofitting, the boat was cut and had its own motors and batteries replaced. Pros said refits can be hard since they involve integrating systems made by different producers, and also the smallest mistake during the cutting stage can place the protection of the boat and crew in danger.
The navy mentioned before the captain reported November 15 that water entered the snorkel and induced among their sub’s batteries. The captain afterwards communicated that it was included.
A few hours later, an explosion had been discovered close to the time and location where the San Juan was heard from. The navy said that the explosion might have been brought on by a”concentration of hydrogen” triggered by the battery difficulty reported by the priest.