Argentina's navy says it's analyzing a noise that might have come from a missing submarine with 44 crew members on board.
The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, the newest of three submarines in the navy's fleet, and underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina.
The vessel's captain reported a "failure" in the vessel's battery system shortly before it disappeared last week, the country's Navy spokesman Gabriel Galeazzi said Monday. Two Argentine navy ships detected signals day ago from about 220 miles off the coast at a depth of 650 feet, but the source of the signals could not be determined, the BBC reported.
As the clock is ticking, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, among other nations, have all sent either ships or planes to help with the search.
The ARA San Juan submarine went missing Wednesday as it journeyed from the extreme southern port of Ushuaia to the coastal city of Mar del Plata.
More than a dozen global vessels and aircraft have joined the search for the missing submarine, which has been set back by stormy weather that has caused waves up to 20 feet.
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A man stands in front of signs in support of the 44 crew members of the ARA San Juan submarine missing at sea, placed on a fence outside the Argentine Naval Base where the submarine sailed from, in Mar del Plata, Argentina November 20, 2017. The craft was navigating normally, underwater, at a speed of five knots toward Mar del Plata when it was last heard from, he said.
The families of crew members have gathered at the Mar del Plata naval base awaiting news. "We continue to do everything, deploying all available national and global media, to find them as soon as possible". They were joined on Monday by President Mauricio Macri. "The word "hope" is still being used", the psychiatrist Enrique Stein told reporters.
US satellite communications company Iridium Communications Inc, which was brought in to help analyze the calls, said they did not originate with its device aboard the vessel and may have been from another satellite communications company's equipment.
The last confirmed contact with the submarine was Wednesday, the Argentine navy said. Courtesy Ronald Gutridge/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY."Today is a critical day", said Maria Victoria Morales, the mother of Luis Garcia, an electrical technician aboard the vessel.
However, Argentina's navy will take advantage of better weather conditions Tuesday and continue searching for the submarine.