‘Explosion’ Recorded Near Site of Argentine Submarine ARA San Juan’s Disappearance: Reports

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‘Explosion’ Recorded Near Site of Argentine Submarine ARA San Juan’s Disappearance: Reports

The ARA San Juan was on its way back from a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southern-most tip of South America.

Mar del Plata, Nov 23: Days after the disappearance of Argentine Submarine ARA San Juan in the South Atlantic, the navy on Thursday claimed they recorded an ‘explosion’ near the site of its disappearance. The vessel disappeared with 44 person on board due to a possible breakdown.

A navy spokesperson, Captain Enrique Balbi said they detected an abnormal, singular, short, violent, non-nuclear event in the South Atlantic region, BBC reported. According to Balbi, the navy was aware only of the explosion but not its cause and search operations will be concentrated in the suspected area.

Assistance from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay and the UK arrived to facilitate faster recovery of the submarine and its occupants. The US Navy also deployed two underwater vehicles to scan the sea floor.

Reportedly, a NASA research aircraft was also deployed but to no avail.

According to the BBC report, the ARA San Juan was on its way back from a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southern-most tip of South America, when it reported an ‘electrical breakdown’.

Although no bodies have been recovered yet, relatives of those on board are awaiting restlessly to meet them, around 100 of whom are being housed at the Mar del Plata naval base.