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Vladimir Putin offers Argentina help with search operations for missing military submarine ARA San Juan

Moscow: Russia has joined in the search for an Argentine military submarine that went missing with 44 crew members in the southern Atlantic a week ago, the media reported on Thursday.

Argentine president Mauricio Macri said his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, had phoned him on Wednesday to offer to deploy a survey vessel and crew with experience of similar operations, reports the BBC.

Members of the Argentine Air Force search for a missing submarine in the South Atlantic near Argentina's coast. AP

Members of the Argentine Air Force search for a missing submarine in the South Atlantic near Argentina's coast. AP

The ARA San Juan vanished while returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southern-most tip of South America, when it reported an "electrical breakdown".

It last made contact with naval officers on land on 15 November.

A navy spokesman said the search had now entered "a critical phase," amid fears that oxygen supplies may be running low.

He told the media that the Navy was investigating reports of a loud noise detected in the area a few hours after the ARA San Juan went missing.

He described it as a "hydro-acoustic anomaly" and refused to confirm whether there had been an explosion.

The US, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay and the UK are among the countries that have sent either ships or planes to help with the search, the BBC reported.

The US Navy has deployed two underwater vehicles which use sonar to create images of the sea floor.

A NASA research aircraft has also flown over the search area but failed to spot anything.


Updated Date: Nov 23, 2017 12:16 PM

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