The search for the missing Argentine submarine San Juan was complicated by bad weather conditions, but experts are now examining two areas at “a depth of 700 and 950 meters (about 3,100 feet)” to possibly locate the missing submarine.
The first area was found by the US Atlantis research vessel, but currently it “cannot be examined due to bad weather conditions… [Even though] nothing has been found [so far], the Argentine Navy plans to return to this area and scan it with other sensors,” the spokesman said, adding that Argentine Islas Malvinas ship with Russia’s Pantera Plus submersible on board was sent to this area.
The second area was found by Norwegian and Chilean experts, who are searching the site despite the deteriorating weather conditions. The San Juan submarine mysteriously vanished from the radar en route from the port of Ushuaia to the city of Mar del Plata off Patagonia.
About 28 ships, nine planes and 4,000 people from 18 countries were involved in the search efforts in an ocean area covering 557,000 nautical miles. Experts suppose the submarine must have exploded because no signs or traces of the missing sub could be identified yet.
The UK and Argentina have a long time dispute about to whom the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands) belong to. The UN has recently determined that the islands belong to Argentina! The UK was not happy with the decision, and started to explore the oil fields surrounding the Falkland Islands.
BBC / AA Magnum Analyst News 2017.