Posted on November 20, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
A missing Argentine submarine has been found, a year and a day after it disappeared with 44 crew members onboard.
On November 17th, two months after the search for the missing submarine had begun anew, the seabed exploration company, Ocean Infinity, managed to track down the vessel.
The San Juan was the centrepiece of one of Argentina’s worst naval disasters in recent memory.
Back in November 2017, while on a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southern tip of South America, approximately 270 miles off the Argentine Coast, the San Juan reported an electrical breakdown.
The sub was then ordered to stop its mission and to return to base at once, but it never managed to comply.
According to the Argentine Navy, water had entered the submarine’s snorkel (a device used by the sub to take in air from above while the submarine is submerged), which led to saltwater dripping onto a battery tray in the prow, causing the battery to short circuit and smoulder.
We currently don’t know what led to the explosion that destroyed the submarine, but now that the wreckage has been found, further investigation might reveal more information as to the cause of the accident.
Government officials say the vessel was found 900m (2950ft) beneath water surface.
Argentinian Defence Minister, Oscar Aguad, issued a statement at a press conference on Saturday, suggesting that Argentina will not be going forward with a salvage operation at this point in time, due to lack of proper equipment.