California Crew Tapped to Help in Rescue

A missing Argentine submarine has sparked fears with its strange disappearance, and the mystery only seems to be deepening as the hours extend into days. The whereabouts of the ARA San Juan have been a complete head-scratcher ever since it was first reported missing. And now, in a desperate attempt to locate the lost submarine, Argentina has called upon the countries with the best oceanic technologies to step in and help. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the United States has been tapped, with a naval crew from California lending a hand as the search becomes even more intense. With 44 crew members unaccounted for, Argentina is hoping that the Undersea Rescue Command (URC)can make a difference helping to move the search along.

These naval sailors, who are based in San Diego, come equipped with some of the best technological advancements available for such searches. Their Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and four specialized aircraft are now part of the search mission. Although the search does seem extremely dire at this point, there have been hopeful signs along the way. One of these signs is the report of seven short satellite calls. The origin of the calls could not be determined with complete certainty, but they did seem consistent with calls that would have been made from the general proximity of where the sub was supposed to be. With the ability to reach depths of 850 feet—and to save six crew members at a time—the U.S. Navy vessel may be the Argentine crew's only chance of survival at this point.

A highly advanced NASA aircraft is also doing reconnaissance in the skies above, scouring the seas for the missing sub. The extremely advanced Pressurized Rescue Model (PRM) should be arriving any hour now, and this craft boasts the ability to save 16 people at a time. This particular vessel can reach even lower depths, with reports claiming that it can go as low as 2,000 feet. With each passing minute, the odds of survival become more dim for this Argentine crew, so hopes are high that these extremely skilled California crews can help to find the missing submarine and then commence rescue operations.

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