The search for a missing Argentine submarine will continue but the rescue part of the plan has ended, a spokesman for the navy said on Thursday.
Argentine navy spokesman Capt. Enrique Balbi said the mission “extended for more than twice what is estimated for a rescue.”
The search for the ARA San Juan has lasted for 15 days since it first went missing on Nov. 15. 44 crew members were on board the vessel.
The submarine was sailing from the extreme southern port of Ushuaia to the coastal city of Mar del Plata, about 250 miles southeast of Buenos Aires. It was originally scheduled to arrive last Monday at a navy base there.
The navy said the submarine reported a battery failure before it went missing but authorities had no specific details of the problem.
After tracing several unsuccessful leads, investigators confirmed last Thursday that an explosion occurred near the time and place where the sub went missing.
Rescue teams had decided to reinvestigate an area in the South Atlantic after officials said they determined a noise heard hours after the vessel went missing could help pinpoint its location.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Elizabeth Zwirz