Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Argentina says calls did not come from missing submarine

Argentina says calls did not come from missing submarine

Earlier Sunday, the country's defense ministry said the calls came to different bases between 10:52 a.m. and 3:42 p.m. Saturday, and lasted between four and 36 seconds, the ministry said in a statement to CNN en Español.

"We can make up a thousand movies with happy and sad endings, but the reality is that the days pass by and not knowing anything, kills you", Carlos Mendoza, the brother of submarine officer Fernando Ariel Mendoza, told The Associated Press.

Doubts also surfaced over the origin of satellite signals that were initially thought to have come from the vessel.

After he reported the sub had experienced a "short circuit", he was told to "change course and return to Mar del Plata", said Galeazzi.

The Argentine navy was able to fix the rough location of the sounds the two ships picked up and is now concentrating its search in an area of 35 square nautical miles, approximately 330 miles off the coast, the official said.

The Argentine Navy continues to coordinate with global allies in the search for its submarine, a media report said.

In the message, the sub's captain reportedly said he was heading towards Mar del Plata with all 44 crew members in ideal health.

A second plane of the United States Navy, the P-8A Poseidon, will be sent this Sunday to Bahía Blanca, Argentina, where it will join a frantic global search of a missing submarine from Argentina's Navy "ARA San Juan", which disappeared with 44 crew members on board last Wednesday in the middle of a strong storm in the Southern Atlantic ocean.

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A U.S. Navy official familiar with the search cautioned that it was unclear whether the Argentines described the sound as something similar to tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported. "That is why we are now giving priority to the search for the sunken submarine".

From the Vatican, Argentine Pope Francis said he was making "fervent prayers" for the crew. Britain and Argentina fought a war in 1982 over the Falklands Islands, which are called the Malvinas in Argentina. A Navy inquiry said the cause could not be definitively determined.

Fears are growing for an Argentine submarine with a 44-member crew which has not been heard from since Wednesday.

The US official said that the waters of the Atlantic Ocean where the sounds originated are extremely deep.

The submarine was 432km off Argentina's southern Atlantic coast when it sent its last communication early on Wednesday.

Other relatives were equally distressed.

"We don't know anything". Argentine President Mauricio Macri met with family members there who anxiously waited for news about their loved ones.

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