Argentina submarine found a year after going missing

Sub found after disappearing a year ago with 44 aboard

Sub found after disappearing a year ago with 44 aboard

Jorge Villarreal, father of a crew member on the submarine, Fernando Villarreal, told the Todo Noticias news channel, "The important thing is that it was found". "If they sent him off, I want them to bring him back to me".

The discovery was announced just two days after families of the missing sailors held a commemoration one year after the sub disappeared last November 15.

The first anniversary of the submarine's disappearance was marked with an event at the Mar del Plata naval base on November 15, with President Mauricio Macri in attendance.

"Much of what happens from here will have to be resolved by the justice department", Aguad said.

Officials showed images of the submarine, which was located on a seabed with its hull totally deformed.

The German-built diesel-electric TR-1700 class submarine dated from the mid-1980s and had been most recently refurbished in 2014. During the $12m (£9m) retrofitting, the vessel was cut in half and had its engines and batteries replaced.

According to naval commander Gabriel Galeazzi, the submarine surfaced and reported what was described as a "short circuit" in the vessel's batteries.

Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters previous year that water had entered the submarine's snorkel, which can be used to take in air from above the surface when the submarine is submerged. The captain later said that it had been contained. It had set out in September on the latest attempt to find the San Juan, whose disappearance cost the navy's top officer his job.

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Almost 10 days later, the navy confirmed there had been an explosion on board, which experts said was likely linked to the battery problem.

Among those lost was Eliana Maria Krawczyk, Argentina's first female submarine officer.

As part of the probe, federal police raided naval bases and other buildings last January, following the dismissal of the head of the navy by the government.

The Seabed Constructor - a vessel owned by US search firm Ocean Infinity, which set out in September on the latest attempt to find the San Juan - found the missing sub.

"Our thoughts are with the many families affected by this bad tragedy".

The ARA San Juan was lost at sea.

No distress call was issued, with 18 countries involved in the search mission launched on November 16 past year. The US seabed intelligence company is known for conducting the search operation for the missing MH370 Malaysian airliner.

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