Rescue mission for missing submarine still ongoing

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The sound detected by probes initially raised hopes that crew members aboard the ARA San Juan submarine, which disappeared after reporting an electrical malfunction, may have been intentionally making noise to attract rescuers.

"Some sources were saying that this was banging on the hull in Morse code signals", Enrique Balbi, a navy spokesman, said.

Argentina's navy said a "noise" picked up by sonar on Monday during the search did not come from the vessel. The official stressed that search efforts thus far have yet to locate the submarine. If the German-built vessel had sunk or was otherwise unable to rise to the surface since it sent its last signal, it would be winding down its seven-day oxygen supply.

The US is also providing rapid response capabilities, including aircraft and personnel to assist Argentina in its search for the missing submarine. Authorities have mainly been scanning from the sky as storms have halted the maritime hunt.

Hopes that it had been found were kindled earlier after two Argentinian navy vessels detected "a continuing noise" on the route where it disappeared.

Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) is loaded on a trailer as Undersea Rescue Command (URC) is deploying two rescue assets from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, U.S.to support the ongoing search for the Argentine navy submarine ARA San Juan in the south Atlantic Ocean on November 19, 2017. The sub and her 44 crewmembers were ordered to return to the naval base at Mar del Plata for repairs, and the vessel's last known position was about 240 nm off the coast of Patagonia, near the San Jorge Gulf. The craft was navigating normally, underwater, at a speed of five knots toward Mar del Plata when it was last heard from, he said.

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The sub was journeying from the extreme southern port of Ushuaia to the coastal city of Mar del Plata.

The ARA San Juan submarine got its inauguration in 1983 and during that time became the newest underwater vessel in the Navy's fleet.

Speaking at a forum on open government in Buenos Aires, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri said that "in these hard hours, I did not want to start without sending once again all my support to the families of the crew of the ARA San Juan submarine".

Intermittent satellite communications were detected on Saturday and the government had said they were likely to have come from the submarine.

The ARA San Juan has been out of radio contact since November 15, when she called shoreside commanders to report minor difficulties with her batteries.

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