the San Juan submarine had only a seven-day oxygen supply when it lost contact; a sudden noise was detected that the navy says could have been the implosion of the vessel. The prolonged search operation had not positive result. The search for the 65-meter (213-foot) diesel-electric submarine is concentrated in an area some 430 km (267 miles) off Argentina’s southern coast. The effort includes ships and planes manned by 4,000 personnel from many countries.
Relatives at the naval base
Hopes that the crew would be found alive began to fade. ”There is no way they are alive,“ many of the relatives believe and say now. “Why don’t they tell us the truth?” say others. Hundreds of people from Mar del Plata gathered outside the naval base on Saturday to express solidarity with relatives of the crew, applauding them and shouting, “Be strong, we are with you.”Argentina says a U.S. undersea rescue module is arriving to the area in the South Atlantic. ARA San Juan was a German-built diesel-electric submarine, commissioned in 1985.