People walks in front of a fence blanketed with messages of support for the missing crew members of the ARA San Juan, at the Mar de Plata Naval Base, Argentina, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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Water entered the snorkel of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan, causing its battery to short-circuit before it went missing on Nov. 15, a navy spokesman said Monday as hope dwindled among some families of the 44-member crew.The San Juan had only a seven-day oxygen supply when it lost contact, and a sudden noise was detected that the navy says could have been the implosion of the vessel. Before its disappearance, the submarine had been ordered back to its Mar del Plata base after it reported water had entered the vessel through its snorkel, causing a battery short circuit, navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference.The search for the 65-meter (213-foot) diesel-electric submarine is concentrated in an area some 430 km (267 miles) off Argentina's southern coast.
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