Sunday, February 25, 2018

Relatives of missing Argentine submarine crew launch campaign

Relatives of the 44 crew members of the Argentine submarine who disappeared last November 15 in the South Atlantic launched a fundraising campaign to hire a company to look for the submersible.
The campaign was launched on social networks after a public bidding process for the search was suspended.
The Argentine government offered a reward of five million dollars "to the people who provide information and useful data to find the whereabouts and the precise location of the submarine" ARA San Juan, according to a resolution of February 14.
"We seek the truth and you can join us, we are raising funds to hire ships with state-of-the-art technology," explains the relatives' request.
More than a dozen countries contributed to the search for the submarine, which disappeared after warning of a technical problem when it sailed from Ushuaia, in the southern tip of Argentina, to the port of Mar del Plata, 400 km south of Buenos Aires.
The families, who were received by President Mauricio Macri on Feb. 7, called for the expansion of the state's search area and resources to locate the submarine.
The collection "was an idea that was being discussed between the relatives and when the government announced the reward and stopped the bidding process for foreign companies we decided to launch the campaign," explained Claudio Sandoval, uncle of one of the crew of the submarine.

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