By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo December 12, 2017 After three weeks of intensive efforts, the Argentine Navy continues to comb the area where the submarine ARA San Juan lost contact with its base on November 15th, with 44 people on board. Most of the 18 nations that participated in the search and rescue left the area of operations. Chile, the United States, and the United Kingdom continue to support the search for the vessel. Ships already swept the 40-kilometer radius area—where an explosion was detected on November 15th—twice. The task, however, is daunting. “It’s like finding a six-centimeter cigarette on a 100-by-40-meter soccer field,” Captain Enrique Balbi, spokesperson for the Argentine Navy, said at a press conference on December 8th. “And on top of that, the [cigarette] is green,” the captain said, alluding to the black hull of the submarine to prevent underwater detection. Capt. Balbi confirmed that the search would continue “until all available resources are exhausted,” explaining that no limit was set for partner nation support. “As of yet, no end date has been set for international assistance,” he reported. “What happens is that various ships, such as the Protector [from the United Kingdom], the Atlantis [from the United States], and the dispatch boat Puerto Argentino, leave the area of operations to resupply, and then rejoin the search effort. This international effort also includes the Chilean oceanographic research ship Cabo de Hornos. “The Brazilian Navy reports that the Argentine Navy discharged the three Brazilian ships that participated in the search for the submarine ARA San Juan,” the Brazilian Navy’s Naval Operations Command told Diálogo. “The icebreaker and oceanographic research ship Almirante Maximiano and the frigate Rademaker ended their participation on November 27th, and the submarine rescue ship Felinto Perry on December 2nd.” Search area to be widened The objective now is to expand the search area while objects detected on the sea bottom are inspected. “For now, there are plans to expand the circular area with the greatest likelihood of finding something to the north, which is where the submarine would have gone on its direct course to Mar del Plata,” Capt. Balbi explained at the press conference. “This afternoon [Friday, December 8th], the U.S. Navy research vessel Atlantis, which set sail yesterday from Comodoro Rivadavia with its ROV [remotely operated vehicle], rejoined the search,” Capt. Balbi said. “The Atlantis and the [Argentine Navy dispatch boat] Islas Malvinas [will operate] with their respective ROVs to inspect three different objects simultaneously.” The dispatch boat Puerto Argentino joined the search on December 9th, using its U.S.-made side-scanning sonar, while the British HMS Protector also arrived in the area of operations. “Although [the Protector] lacks underwater viewing equipment, it has sensors to sweep the area,” Capt. Balbi added. In recent days, search and rescue units detected two objects that were inspected and ruled out as small fishing vessels. Now, international teams examine objects detected at greater depths. For instance, the dispatch boat Islas Malvinas attempts to visualize an object at a depth of 830 meters, and the Atlantis will inspect an object at 770 meters. “Fortunately, weather conditions are favorable,” Capt. Balbi said. End of rescue stage On November 30th, despite the use of the most advanced search technology, Argentine authorities announced that hope to find the crew of the ARA San Juan alive were lost. “The Ministry of Defense and the Argentine Navy, as the enforcement authorities of the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, report that today, Thursday, November 30th, at 16:20 hours, the SAR [search and rescue] case for the submarine ARA San Juan ended and shifted to the search phase,” the press release read. The large-scale operation included 28 ships, nine aircraft, and 4,000 personnel from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, the United States, and 13 other nations. “Despite the scope of the efforts, locating the submarine was not possible,” Capt. Balbi said at the press conference. “The operation extended to more than twice the number of days estimated to rescue the crew.” In all, 18 nations swept over 557,000 square nautical miles with visual search and 1,049,479 square nautical miles (almost equal to the size of Argentina) with radar search. The initial efforts were done in a 482,000-square-kilometer area (nearly the size of Spain), later focused on the 40-kilometer radius where the explosion was detected. Despite all efforts carried out to depths of 300 meters, rescuers have not come into contact with the submarine or its life rafts.
Full Screen Comment by Metro Advertisement Top articles PLAY Arsenal star Dani Ceballos impressed in Spain’s win over Romania on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has already established himself as a firm favourite of Arsenal fans following his loan move from Real Madrid and he took his domestic form onto the international stage during Spain’s win over Romania on Thursday.The elegant midfielder starred for Spain’s Under-21 side during the summer, but despite being named player of the tournament at the European Championships Zinedine Zidane could find no room for the former Real Betis star in his side.Arsenal pounced at the opportunity to take Ceballos on loan for the season and he has quickly made himself almost indispensable to Unai Emery following a series of impressive displays, most notably against Burnley when he created both goals in a 2-1 win and left the field to standing ovation.AdvertisementAdvertisementCeballos was rewarded with his seventh full international cap by Spain manager Roberto Moreno last night and he looked at ease alongside the likes of Sergio Busquets and Saul Niguez.ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED Arsenal star Dani Ceballos produces stunning pre-assist for Spain vs Romania Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Sep 2019 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link279Shares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 Video Settings Read More Advertisement Read More 1 min. story Still that pass tonight 🤙💥💥💥💥👌#ceballos— Wale_AFC (@Deuce_kidd) September 5, 2019 1/1 Skip Skip Ad Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Read More Read More More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityA Sergio Ramos penalty put Spain ahead just before the half hour mark and Ceballos helped make the game safe two minutes after the re-start with a sublime pre-assist.The Arsenal star picked up the ball just outside the D and played a stunning pass with the outside of his right foot inside the full-back, finding rampaging left-back Jordi Alba who crossed low to provide an unmissable chance for Paco Alcacer.It was the Borussia Dortmund striker’s 10th goal for his country but Arsenal fans new who deserved the credit…That split pass by Dani Ceballos yesterday against Bulgaria leading to a goal is quite something 💯💯#Arsenal— E-ny (@mchenrio) September 6, 2019 Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Coming Next More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
In its last home series of the regular season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is set to take on Minnesota-Duluth this weekend, with both teams looking to get a leg up in the race for a playoff spot.Sitting in third place in the WCHA, the No. 8 Badgers (17-9-2, 13-9-2 WCHA) are just two points out of second place behind North Dakota (45 points). Facing off against them is a Bulldog team (14-11-3, 13-10-1 WCHA) that trails UW by three points in the league standings.While No. 1 Minnesota has run away with the regular season WCHA title, home-ice advantage is still very much up for grabs for the conference tournament, and every win will help either team reach the NCAA tournament come March.“The nice thing about it, we have control over where we want to go. If you’re successful the next couple of weekends, get yourself in the playoffs, you’re playing well you’re healthy, the opportunities are out there,” head coach Mark Johnson said at his Monday press conference. “As a coach and as a team, that’s all you can ask for.”Last time on the ice, the Badgers trounced St. Cloud State on the road with 6-0 and 5-1 wins last weekend. Wisconsin found success on its power play throughout the series, putting away four goals – three of which came in game two – with the man-advantage.After losing three of its previous four game heading into last week, UW needed to get back to the basics, and for Johnson the weekend was important for establishing a base for a playoff run.“Coming off what I thought was six very good periods up in St. Cloud. I like the way we played. A lot of good things happened within both Friday and Saturday’s game,” Johnson said Monday. “It bodes well because at this time of the year is when you want to be playing your best hockey. We’re going down that path right now.”However Minnesota-Duluth will be no easy opponent to take down. The Bulldogs find themselves in need of a boost after splitting a series with Minnesota State-Mankato last weekend at home, and being swept by Minnesota the weekend before.Historically Wisconsin holds a 26-29-10 all-time record against the Bulldogs. Back in mid-October the Bulldogs swept UW and held the Badgers scoreless through both games. However in four months both teams have evolved and with the programs so close in standings, fans will likely see two hard-fought games this weekend.Emotions will also run high, as the upcoming series marks the last regular season home games Wisconsin’s five senior players will face off in. Forwards Brianna Decker, Alev Kelter and Lauren Unser, along with defensemen Saige Pacholok and Jordan Brickner will be honored at Sunday’s game. For Johnson it is hard to imagine their four years are almost up.“You look at your senior class and you can remember when they first stepped on campus as freshman and their parents hugged them and letting them go. … That’s certainly an emotional day,” Johnson said Monday. “And you will see the same thing Sunday, when those families come back into town and they watch their daughters step on the ice and play their last regular season games. You think wow, where did those four years go”?The team will face off Saturday night at 7 p.m. at LaBahn Arena and return to the ice Sunday at 4 p.m. for game two of the series.