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'Banging' noises could be coming from missing Argentine sub, officials say

21 November 2017

In this picture released by Argentina's presidential press office, Navy base Chief Gabriel Martin Gonzalez, right, talks to Argentina's President Mauricio Macri over a map at the Navel base in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. "In God we trust, we wait for you".

Satellite signals heard over the weekend did not come from a missing Argentine Navy submarine San Juan that went missing on November 15, dashing hopes that the vessel could be located.

Contact was lost on Wednesday.

Claudio Rodriguez, whose brother Hernan is aboard the submarine, was hopeful, saying the satellite signals suggested the vessel was still afloat and would be found.

"The vessel surfaced and it reported a breakdown", Galeazzi said. "Unfortunately, we have not yet had with the San Juan submarine, and we will keep working".

More than a dozen boats and aircraft - including the Brit ship HMS Protector - joined the search effort in the South Atlantic for the sub, which has enough oxygen for seven days. The submarine has 44 crew members on board.

Stormy weather probably interfered with the calls, and the government was working with an unidentified USA company specialised in satellite communication to trace the location. "We still have no established contact", Balbi said, as cited by Clarin.

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The noises, heard by two Argentine navy ships, sounded like tools being banged against the hull of a submarine, a senior US Navy official told CNN.

In addition, the Submarine Rescue Command (URC) of the US Navy, based in San Diego, California, is deploying two independent rescue systems that can be used to support underwater search and rescue missions, depending on various oceanic factors, such as depth, current soil conditions and other safety considerations.

It was on a 10-day voyage from Argentina's southernmost port, Ushuaia, to the naval base at Mar del Plata, 250 miles (400km) south of Buenos Aires. Her father, Eduardo Krawczyk, said: "We are extremely anxious, with little news, waiting for information".

The Argentina-born Pope Francis mentioned the missing vessel in his weekly Sunday prayers at the Vatican in Rome.

The search goes on for the missing Argentine submarine.

The dramatic search has captivated the nation of 44 million, which recently mourned the loss of five citizens killed when a truck driver plowed through a bicycle path in New York City.

'Banging' noises could be coming from missing Argentine sub, officials say