The Argentine military Tuesday released its most detailed timeline yet in this month's disappearance of a naval submarine, saying that the vessel first reported a battery short-circuit roughly 10 hours before an explosion-like sound was detected near the sub's last known location.
On Monday, Argentine Navy spokesman Captain Enrique Balbi told reporters that the San Juan reported water entering through its snorkel, which resulted in a fire that was successfully isolated.
The navy stated that the sub's captain reported on November 15 that he was dealing with a battery problem.
6 a.m.: The captain types the same message and relays it to base electronically, as is protocol following a phone conversation. A Russian plane arrived in Argentina on Friday carrying search equipment capable of reaching 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) below the sea surface, Balbi said.
The Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) a deep diving rescue vehicle of the Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System (SRDRS) to support the Argentine government's search and rescue efforts for the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan, in Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina, on November 24, 2017. Despite that, officials said it was still possible the crew might be in an "extreme survival situation".
Concerns about the crew's fate have set off a fierce political debate in a society sharply divided between supporters of President Mauricio Macri and opposition Peronists, who have been quick to find fault with the government's response.
Experts have said the crew had only enough oxygen to last up to 10 days if the sub remained intact but submerged. There were 44 members on the submarine at the time the Navy lost contact.
"We are at a loss of communications, we are not talking about an emergency", González said.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's navy says that bad weather has delayed the arrival of a US undersea rescue module at an area in the South Atlantic where an Argentine submarine went missing 13 days ago.
Argentine daily La Nación had reported as early as last week that water dripping through the snorkel had caused a short circuit but the information was not officially confirmed until Monday. The batteries on the external bow are out of service. Now submerged and operating with divided circuit.