The wreckage of an Argentine navy submarine that exploded and disappeared a year ago was located in the Atlantic Ocean Friday, the navy said, crushing any remaining hope for relatives of the 44 crew.
Argentine naval base Commander in Mar del Plata Gabriel Attis told relatives of over 40 crew members of the submarine on Saturday that the ARA San Juan has been recently found deformed and with signs of the explosion.
Ocean Infinity, a maritime company that can search and map the seabed, was hired by Argentina following the failure of a massive worldwide operation to find the vessel after it went missing in the South Atlantic.
'Now another chapter opens.
On Thursday, on the anniversary of the disappearance, Argentina's president Mauricio Macri said the families of the submariners should not feel alone and delivered an "absolute and non-negotiable commitment" to find "the truth".
Argentina gave up hope of finding survivors after a search helped by 18 countries, but the navy has continued searching for the vessel.
Recall, the Argentine submarine San Juan ceased to leave on communication, November 15 at the transition from the naval base Ushuaia to Mar del Plata.
The navy said previously the captain reported on November 15 that water had entered the snorkel and caused one of the sub's batteries to short-circuit but later said it had been contained.
"We are going to ask them to refloat it", she said.
The Seabed Constructor is equipped with cameras that can be submerged to a depth of 6,000 meters. Defense Minister Oscar Aguad said Argentina had "no means" to do so.
The Argentine military submarine ARA San Juan. It was the only major ship Argentina lost in the war over the disputed Falkland Islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas.
The saltwater dripped on to a battery tray in the prow, causing the battery to short circuit and to smoulder, he said.
Several senior officers were dismissed, including navy chief Marcelo Srur.
It will be recalled that the press Secretary of the President of the aggressor country Dmitry Peskov said that the so-called validation, which the Russian border guards make in the Azov sea on the Ukrainian ships, ostensibly fall within global and Maritime law. "Nor do we have the equipment to haul up a ship of this kind", Aguad told a press conference in Buenos Aires, reports Efe.
In September, the Argentine government contracted the US company Ocean Infinity, known for finding wrecks lost at sea. "Can you imagine? There were 44 boys who were alive when they got on the submarine".