Rescue mission for Argentine submarine crew ends, search for sub continues

Argentina formally ends search for sub survivors Navy

The search for 44 sailors on board a lost Argentine submarine has ended, leaving nearly no hope for their survival.

The Argentine navy said it has abandoned attempts to rescue 44 crew members on board a submarine that disappeared two weeks ago.

The search for a missing Argentinian submarine that has been lost for 15 days will continue but the rescue element of the mission for 44 crew members on board has ended, the country's navy says.

The search mission would involve a reorganization of the vessels and other assets that have been deployed, and the operation will continue until the submarine is found, he said.

"Despite the magnitude of these efforts, we've been unable to find the submarine".

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Luis Taglapietra, whose son Damián was a 27-year-old trainee, told the TN news channel: "This is perverse and impossible to understand". (AAP) Relatives embraced after the announcement on Thursday at the submarine's home naval base.

The Argentine navy said it didn't know about the explosion-like sound until last week, when the United States and an global organization said they had uncovered the acoustic data.

The Argentine navy's last contact with the vessel was at approximately 07:30 (10:30 GMT) on 15 November, at which point its captain had reportedly confirmed that the crew were well.

A navy spokesman said this week the blast could have been triggered by a "concentration of hydrogen" caused by the battery problem reported by the captain.

"The search-and-rescue effort is over", he told reporters.

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