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Argentina offers $5 million reward for missing submarine

Staff Writer | February 15, 2018
Argentina announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the recovery of the missing submarine San Juan.
Macri San Juan
Accident   44 crew
San Juan disappeared without a trace in the South Atlantic in November with the loss of 44 crew.

The defence ministry said the reward will be granted "to those persons who provide information and useful data that will allow us to find the whereabouts and precise location of the submarine."

President Mauricio Macri's centre-right government said it is seeking to "generate adequate incentives" for private companies to participate in the ongoing search with the Argentine navy.

At the peak of search operations in an area off the Argentine coast, more than a dozen countries provided military assets, oceanographic vessels and planes.

Macri told victims' families about the reward in a meeting on Feb 7, though the amount still had to be fixed.

The families have long pleaded with the government to increase resources and expand the search area.

The navy has been fiercely criticised for its handling of the operation since first reporting the submarine overdue at its base in Mar del Plata on November 16.

It was only several days later that the navy acknowledged the San Juan had reported a problem with its batteries in its final communication on November 15.