buenos aires - Seven received, but not answered, calls via a satellite telephone may provide more information about the fate of the missing Argentine submarine with 44 passengers who have been missing on the Atlantic Ocean since last Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Argentinian Ministry of Defense said the signals sent on Saturday at the end of the morning and early afternoon might have been sent from the submarine.
The calls, which are between four and 36 seconds long, are now being investigated. For this purpose, Argentina has engaged a specialized American company that can track the location of the signals. The suspicion is that the calls could not make contact with the shore because of the bad weather.
The search for the submarine was severely hampered by the strong wind on Saturday. This created waves up to six meters high. The last sign of life of the 35-year-old ARA San Juan, built in Germany, was 432 kilometers from the Argentine south coast.