A bouquet of flowers is seen placed next to banners in support of the 44 crew members of the missing at sea ARA San Juan submarine, on a fence outside an Argentine naval base in Mar del Plata, Argentina November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
BUENOS AIRES - 1 December 2017: Argentina has ended a rescue operation for a submarine crew that disappeared 15 days ago, though it will continue trying to locate the vessel with international partners, navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said on Thursday.
"More than double the number of days have passed where it would have been possible to rescue the crew," Balbi told a news conference. Forty-four sailors were aboard the ARA San Juan when contact with the vessel was lost on Nov. 15.