The search for a missing Argentinian naval submarine with 44 crewmembers on board is being hampered by bad weather.
“Teams from several countries have intensified their efforts in the South Atlantic to find the ARA San Juan submarine, which vanished on Wednesday,” the BBCreports.
However, strong winds and “waves six metres high” have disrupted the search, Argentinian navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told the ABC.
Argentina’s defence ministry had stated that a series of attempted connections from a satellite phone might be related to the missing submarine, and it is working with a specialist company from the United States to try to trace the calls.
“The satellite call attempts were registered between 9am and 3pm on Saturday, lasting between four and 36 seconds, but there was no voice contact,” The Guardian says.
The ARA San Juan lost touch with the Argentinian navy while on a ten-day voyage from Argentina’s southernmost port, Ushuaia, to a naval base at Mar del Plata, 250 miles south of Buenos Aires.