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Search for Missing Argentine Submarine Revived by New Signal

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ARA San Juan (Argentina Navy via AP File)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 07:43 AM

The search for a missing Argentine submarine was revived after a new signal was detected in the South Atlantic Ocean, Sky News reported.

The ARA San Juan had disappeared Nov. 15 after its captain reported that water had breached the submarine's snorkel when its batteries were being charged, per Sky News reported, and a sound was detected near the sub's last known location which was "consistent with an explosion.”

A sonar made a new contact, the Argentine navy said over the weekend, according to Agence France-Press. A Russian Panther Plus, a remotely operated submarine, will investigate the contact, the navy added, per AFP.

A United States oceanographic research vessel has continued to search the area, too, AFP reported.

The ARA San Juan had 44 crew members on board, according to Sky News, and Argentina is concentrating on finding the submarine after abandoning hope of finding survivors on the vessel, noted AFP.

The submarine's last message said the battery on the diesel-electric vessel short-circuited and caught on fire after seawater reached it, per AFP. Fox News reported the captain later communicated by satellite phone that the problem had been contained.

Hours after that communication, Argentine officials identified a possible explosion near the location where the submarine was last heard from, Fox News said.

Reuters reported the submarine had only a seven-day supply of air when it reported its last position on Nov. 15. The news agency said some family members criticized the government for giving up on finding survivors.

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