People stand next to a bouquet of flowers and banners in support of the 44 crew members of the missing at sea ARA San Juan submarine, outside an Argentine naval base in Mar del Plata, Argentina November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
LONDON - 1 December 2017: Argentina has called off the rescue operation for its missing submarine 15 days after a reported explosion apparently sent it to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Patagonia, The Guardian reported.
"No one will be rescued," said navy captain Enrique Balbi, who has been acting as official spokesperson for the rescue effort. Nonetheless, the search operation for the ARA San Juan would continue in waters of up to 500 meters deep, he added.
"Despite the magnitude of the effort made it has not been possible to locate the submarine," said Balbi, referring to the multinational response that has included US, British and Russian aircraft, ships and personnel.
The submarine had 44 people on board. The San Juan went missing on November 15, when it lost radio contact with the naval base in Mar del Plata, but it was not until two days later that the navy announced publicly that the submarine had gone missing.