The Argentine navy says it has abandoned attempts to rescue 44 crew members on board a submarine that disappeared two weeks ago.

Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said on Thursday that “despite the magnitude of the efforts made, it has not been possible to locate the submarine.”

The sub, the ARA San Juan, last made contact on Wednesday 15 November and hopes of finding survivors faded after a suspected explosion was reported near its last-known location.

Capt Balbi said the search for the submarine had been “extended to more than double the number of days that determine the possibilities of rescuing the crew.”

His comment refers to the estimated period that it is thought the crew could have survived in the submerged vessel.


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