Relatives of 44 crew members of Argentine missing submarine, are escorted as they arrive at Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 23, 2017. AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICH
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An apparent explosion occurred near the time and place an Argentine submarine went missing, the country's navy reported Thursday – an ominous development that prompted relatives of the 44 crew members to burst into tears, and some to say they had lost all hope of rescue.The U.S. Navy and an international nuclear test-ban monitoring organization said the "hydro-acoustic anomaly" was produced just hours after the navy lost contact with the submarine on Nov. 15 .The Argentine navy and outside experts have said that even if the ARA San Juan is intact, its crew might have only enough oxygen to be submerged for seven to 10 days.Experts say the submarine could not have supported pressures that far down.
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