Mi Field Marshall
- Jul 12, 2006
Argentine sub missing with 44 aboard
(CNN)The Argentine navy is looking for one of its submarines after it lost contact with the vessel off the country's Atlantic coast, the military service said Friday.
The ARA San Juan submarine was last spotted Wednesday in the San Jorge Gulf roughly 432 kilometers (268 miles) off the east coast, the navy said.
At least 44 crew members were on board, state-run news agency Telam reported Friday.
Crews are searching for the vessel by air and sea near its last known location, navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters.
"We have ordered all terrestrial communication stations along the Argentine coast to carry out a preliminary and extended search of communications and to listen in to all the possible frequencies of the submarine," the navy said in a statement Friday.
The vessel had been traveling from far southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago to its home base in Mar del Plata, a coastal city hundreds of miles to the northeast.
"The submarine knows that if it does not have communication with land for this long, it has to surface," Balbi said.