There’s been no contact with a missing Argentine submarine, and the search is entering a ‘critical phase’


The search for an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic for one week reached a “critical phase” on Wednesday as the 44 crew on board could be running low on oxygen, an Argentine navy spokesman said.

Favorable weather on Wednesday meant boats could cover a greater area after being hampered by strong winds and high waves over the past few days, although poor weather was expected to return on Thursday, navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said.

If the German-built submarine had sunk or was otherwise unable to rise to the surface since it gave its last location on November 15, it would be using up the last of its seven-day oxygen supply. Officials fear the sub could be stranded as deep as 600 feet.

“We are in the critical phase … particularly with respect to oxygen,” Balbi told reporters, according to Reuters. “There has been no contact with anything that could be the San Juan submarine.”

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