LA PAZ, Bolivia – A Russian unmanned submersible examines a blurred image showing an object of the same size as an Argentine submarine that disappeared on November 15 with 44 crew members on board.
The image received a "priority" to check on Saturday because it shows an object about 60 meters long located 477 meters below sea level.
The ARA San Juan is 66 meters long, but the spokesman of the Argentine Navy Enrique Balbi warned that the image generated by the sonar is "unclear" and visual contact is necessary.
If the image does not reveal new clues, Balbi said the search will focus on other signs of interest detected in parts of the South Atlantic where the ship was
The Argentine Navy said on Thursday it is no longer looking for survivors, although a multinational operation will continue looking for the ship.
"The extreme environment, the time elapsed and the lack of evidence dencia eliminate a scenario compatible with human life," said Balbi. "These are hours of intense pain and anguish (for family members) in the light of the loss of their loved ones, our 44 comrades."
The German-made submarine disappeared while traveling from the southern end of the port of Ushuaia to the city of Mar del Plata, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) southeast of Buenos Aires.
The navy has said that the captain of the ship reported that the water entered the tube and caused a short circuit in one of the submarine's batteries. Subsequently, an explosion was detected around the time and place where the San Juan made contact for the last time.