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  Posted 19 November 2017 - 02:40 AM

Satellite Calls Detected, Hopes Rise For 44 People In Missing Submarine

The Sydney Morning Herald
Marcos Brindicci and Maximiliano Rizzi
November 19 2017 - 12:25PM

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Mar del Plata: Hopes that 44 crew members of a missing Argentine navy submarine may be alive rose when the defense ministry said the vessel likely tried to communicate via satellite on Saturday as a search mission was underway in the stormy South Atlantic.

The ministry said seven failed "satellite calls" that it believes came from the ARA San Juan submarine were detected in a likely sign the crew was trying to reestablish contact.

The signals, in the late morning and early afternoon, lasted between four and 36 seconds, the ministry said. Argentina is working on tracing the location with an unnamed company specialising in satellite communications, the ministry said.

It was not immediately clear what type of calls the vessel may have tried to make but submarines that are stricken underwater can float a location beacon known as an EPIRB to the surface that can then emit emergency signals via satellite.

Whipping winds and more than 6-metre waves in the South Atlantic hindered the international search for the submarine.

The last confirmed location of the German-built ARA San Juan was 432 km off Argentina's southern Atlantic coast early on Wednesday.

The US Navy said it was deploying a deep-sea rescue mission to Argentina from California to support the effort, with a remotely operated vehicle and two vessels capable of rescuing people from bottomed submarines set to arrive in coming days.

As nations from Chile to South Africa offered help, Argentine sea vessels and planes scoured the southern sea.

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 05:45 AM

Read on another site that this isn't so much a submarine as it is a surface vessel with dive capability. Things like this always seem to end with total loss of life. Hopefully this is an exception.
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Posted 19 November 2017 - 06:47 AM

View PostHieronymous, on 19 November 2017 - 05:45 AM, said:

Read on another site that this isn't so much a submarine as it is a surface vessel with dive capability. Things like this always seem to end with total loss of life. Hopefully this is an exception.

That pretty much describes a diesel boat, what all subs were until the atomic age. My dad got stuck going down in one in 4000 ft. of water during trining. Closest he came to giving his life for his country.
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