In its efforts to locate the missing ARA San Juan submarine, Argentina’s Navy explored parts of the Atlantic Ocean that had been suggested to it by clairvoyants, the Navy confirmed yesterday.
“It’s true. We looked to the north and outside the search area in two locations suggested by the clairvoyants who are accompanying the families”, Baldi revealed, responding to a question by Perfil.
The bizarre revelation came as the Navy confirmed it is also reviewing quotes from private companies which it believed could collaborate in the ongoing search efforts for the submarine, which disappeared on November 15 last year with 44 crew members onboard.
“There’s no time limit at the moment on international assistance but we know that eventually it will end. This is why we have made contact with five firms that could take the place of foreign teams and we’re currently reviewing their quotes”, spokesman Enrique Baldi said.
To date, the strongest hypothesis about the ARA San Juan's fate suggests that water entered the snorkel of the submarine and caused one of its batteries to short circuit.
In November, the Navy indicated that before the submarine went missing, its captain reported an electrical problem in a battery compartment and the vessel was ordered to return to its base in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, about 400 kilometres southeast of Buenos Aires.
The Navy has begun winding back its search efforts and a number of international collaborators have withdrawn, to the dismay of officers’ relatives.