BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri said on Friday his government is committed to employ all national and international resources necessary to find the Navy submarine with 44 crew members which has been missing since Wednesday.
“We are in contact with the families of the crew members of the missing submarine ARA San Juan to keep them informed and support them, we share their and all Argentine people’s concerns,” Macri tweeted.
The Argentine Navy confirmed that its submarine with 44 crew members sent its last signal early Wednesday, which is why it was decided to launch a search late Thursday after a reasonable time period had elapsed without any communication with the submarine.
The submarine had left the southern port of Ushuaia and was en route to its base in the city of Mar del Plata near Buenos Aires.
The search for the German built submarine is focused on an area some 430 kilometers (267 miles) off the southeastern Valdes peninsula, in the Patagonian province of Chubut.
“We are committed to using all the national and international resources that are necessary to find the Argentine Navy’s submarine San Juan as soon as possible,” said Macri, who traveled to the coastal city of Chapadmalal in Buenos Aires to spend the weekend and Monday with his family.
The president is expected to keep a close watch on the situation, since that town is only 26 kilometers from Mar del Plata, where the Defense Minister, Oscar Aguad, along with his team, arrived on Friday to supervise the search operation.
The governments of Chile, the United Kingdom and the United States have already offered logistical support and exchange of information in the search for the submarine, in an operation for which Argentina has already deployed several ships and aircraft.