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Argentine gov’t admits it lacks the means to refloat sunken submarine

Buenos Aires / – Argentine Defense Minister Oscar Aguad admitted Saturday that the government lacks the means to refloat the ARA San Juan submarine, which was found this morning in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean a year after it disappeared, and said the next steps will be to gather all the information possible and consider what to do.

“I’d say no, we don’t have the means. We don’t have the undersea equipment. Nor do we have ROVs (remotely operated underwater vehicles) that can reach those depths. Nor do we have the equipment to haul up a ship of this kind,” Aguad told a press conference in Buenos Aires.

For his part, navy Chief of Staff Jose Luis Villan said that refloating the sub, as the families of the crew members demand, has two limits: the legal one, since it is the judge investigating what happened to the ARA San Juan who must decide exactly when the wreck can be removed, and the other is the technical one.

“When we originally asked the company (Ocean Infinity, put in charge of the search two months ago), its people said that while they had some clues, they had neither the exact location nor the exact depth nor the exact mass of the ship that would have to be refloated,” and asked for “prudence” since they only had preliminary information, Villan said.

Aguad said the next steps are to get all the documentation in the hands of the US company to study it and “see what to do,” adding that the government wants to discover the truth and do the right thing, since everyone, but mostly the families “of the 44 heroes,” need to know what happened.

For months a court has attempted to determine what really went wrong with the submarine, as did the navy and an investigative commission in Congress.

The navy, which confirmed that the place the sub imploded at some 500km (300 miles) off the coast in an area of undersea canyons about 900 meters (3,000 feet) deep, coincides with the area from which the commander of the ARA San Juan communicated with those onshore for the last time on Nov. 15, 2017.

“All the ships (at the beginning of the search in 2017) concentrated on this area since there was almost no doubt about the submarine’s route because of its last contact with those onshore and because of the place an explosion was reported,” Aguad said.

He said they were notified last Thursday night that the company had reviewed all the maps it had and found the point of interest.

“The company said it was ordered to return to the spot where a promising sighting was made,” Aguad said, adding that it was last night at midnight when naval authorities confirmed that the image was the missing submarine. (17 November 2018, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que...  
el Gobierno desmiente que no sea posible reflotar un submarino.
el Gobierno argentino aún no descarta la posibilidad de reflotar un submarino.
el Gobierno argentino descarta que sea posible reflotar un submarino.
Question 2
Sobre el submarino Ara San Juan se dice que...        
fue localizado por una empresa contratada por el Gobierno argentino.
aún continúa su búsqueda en el fondo del mar.
aún no se sabe exactamente dónde se encuentra.
Question 3
Según la noticia, el Gobierno argentino...    
pedirá ayuda técnica a otros países para que ese submarino pueda ser reflotado.
no puede aún recuperar ese submarino ya que aún no se sabe en qué parte del fondo marino se encuentra.
no puede recuperar ese submarino ya que no dispone de los medios técnicos adecuados para ello.
Question 4
Según el texto...  
se desconoce si había alguien a bordo de ese submarino.
había decenas de personas a bordo de ese submarino.
no había tripulantes a bordo de ese submarino cuando se hundió.
Question 5
Hubo una implosión en el submarino Ara San Juan.    
Es verdad.
No es verdad.
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En el texto se dice que el presidente de Argentina...  
no cree que sea posible saber qué ocurrió. 
no dijo nada sobre si se abrirá una investigación o no sobre lo ocurrido.
 anunció que se investigará para saber qué ha pasado.
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En el vídeo se dice que ese submarino despareció hace un año.    
No se sabe.
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Según el vídeo, hubo un incendio en ese submarino.    
Para nada.
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