Argentina Abandons Rescue Efforts for Missing Submarine

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Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi talks during a press conference at Navy headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. There have been no signs of the missing ARA San Juan, last heard from on Nov. 15., despite an intensive multinational search. Experts have said the 44 sailors aboard had only enough oxygen to last up to 10 days if the sub remained intact but submerged. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

December 1, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Argentina is stopping rescue efforts for the crew of a missing submarine after a 15 day search.

A navy spokesperson said it will continue search efforts for what remains of the vessel with the help of several international partners.

The submarine had a seven day air supply when it was reported at its last known position, and was ordered to return to base after reporting a water leak.

Some family members criticized the Argentine government for holding out on the decision to call off the search, while others are still holding out hope for a rescue.

“The quantity of days that determine the possibility of rescue has been extended more than double…in this sense and having analyzed all the evidence received by our own units and those of different countries and agencies that have participated in the operation, the Ministry of Defense and the Argentine Navy will move to the next phase, which includes the search for the submarine in the underwater bed,” announced navy spokesman Enrique Balbi.

Officials say search efforts will continue in an effort to provide the families with closure.