Seven signal pings believed to be from the submarine ARA San Juan, which has been missing since Wednesday when communications broke down, are giving Argentine officials hope that the crew can still be saved.
Argentine Defense Minister Oscar Aguad tweeted out the news Saturday night, confirming that the 44 crew members may be able to be saved after receiving “7 signals from satellite calls that would have been from the San Juan submarine.”
Authorities said the calls were made on Saturday, and that the Defense Ministry is working with an American company to analyze the location the calls came from.
Recibimos siete señales de llamadas satelitales que provendrían del submarino San Juan. Estamos trabajando arduamente para localizarlo y transmitimos la esperanza a
las familias de los 44 tripulantes: que en breve puedan tenerlos en sus hogares.
— Oscar Aguad (@OscarAguadCBA) November 19, 2017
“We are working arduously to locate it and we are transmitting our hopes to the families of the 44 crew members: that they may soon have them in their homes,” he wrote.
The Argentine Armada, the country’s navy, confirmed the news that the calls “would have indicated that the crew is trying to reestablish contact,” their official Twitter post reads.
Se detectaron 7 llamadas satelitales que se habrían realizado desde el #submarinoSanJuan y que no llegaron a enlazar con las bases de #ArmadaArgentina, lo que indicaría que la tripulación intenta restablecer contacto, por lo que se trabaja para determinar su localización precisa
— Armada Argentina (@Armada_Arg) November 19, 2017
It goes on to say that “we are working to determine its precise location.”
The calls, according to a subsequent tweet, lasted from “4 to 36 seconds” at various times but unfortunately “they did not establish contact.”
By Sunday, the pursuit to pinpoint the pings will be bolstered by the might of the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which are deploying more resources into the massive rescue mission…