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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Argentina says it's not giving up yet on missing sub.

Explosion feared as clock ticks past the time when oxygen was expected to run out for the 44-strong crew

Argentine officials say that they have not given up the search for the submarine San Juan but it would require a situation of "extreme survival" for anyone to be found alive. EPA/Javier Caamano
Argentine officials say that they have not given up the search for the submarine San Juan but it would require a situation of "extreme survival" for anyone to be found alive. EPA/Javier Caamano

Argentina's navy is not giving up hope that crew members could be alive 11 days after a submarine vanished off the Atlantic coast with 44 people aboard.

Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference on Sunday the passage of time does not rule out "a situation of extreme survival".

Officials say they fear there was an explosion involving the vessel that lost contact on November 15.

Experts say the ARA San Juan had only about 10 days of oxygen supply at the outside.

It had been expected to dock on November 19 in the port of Mar del Plata.

So far there has been no sign of the sub, but Mr Balbi said the multinational search effort is continuing.