Argentina: Search for missing sub accelerates despite blast

Argentina: Search for missing sub accelerates despite blast

Argentina: Search for missing sub accelerates despite blast

The ARA San Juan submarine that has been lost in the Atlantic Ocean for 12 days had set sail without two of its crew members who went ashore just minutes before the vessel took to the sea, Clarin newspaper has reported, citing a Navy spokesman. A noise detected near the last known location of a missing Argentine submarine on the day it vanished was consistent with an explosion, the Argentine navy said Thursday.

An global search effort has so far failed to trace the ARA San Juan which disappeared in the South Atlantic Ocean on November 15. That's led some family members of the crew to give up hope of a rescue.

Argentina's navy insisted the ARA San Juan submarine was in good condition before it set off on its mission.

The submarine was sailing from the extreme southern port of Ushuaia to the coastal city of Mar del Plata.

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'It's a hard moment for all, but obviously, especially for the families of the 44 crew members.

Some relatives of the crew have lashed out at the navy for its response and for putting their loved ones at risk in a vessel that is more than 30 years old.

'They killed my brother!' a man leaving the base in a auto shouted to reporters.

More than a dozen airplanes and ships have been participating in the multinational search despite stormy weather that has caused waves of more than 20 feet. A Norwegian ship carrying a US undersea rescue module was preparing to weigh anchor for the search zone, despite worsening weather.

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