In Argentina, experts reconstructed a possible scenario for the destruction of the San Juan submarine, according to La Nacion. The newspaper, referring to the draft report of the expert committee at the Ministry of Defense of the country, reports that on the eve of the submarine’s death, the first fire in electric batteries could have occurred in the bow of the vessel, which resulted in a series of incidents leading to the tragedy.
An explosion and fire could cause water to enter the battery through the ventilation system. According to this version, on November 14, the submarine resurfaced, the crew, despite the bad weather and night, made repairs, after which the submarine sank again to move to the naval base Mar del Plata. The team reported the incident to shore only on the morning of November 15 and continued to move underwater.
Then, on board, the partially extinguished fire resumed, or a new fire began, which led to a loss of control over the submarine, which began to quickly sink to the ground. Reaching a critical depth, the submarine was most likely crushed by a body of water, which experts now call the cause of the hull deformation.
Experts rejected the possibility of a collision between San Juan and another vessel on the surface, as well as the possibility of torpedoing the boat, since no evidence was found for these versions. The draft report states that all theories can be confirmed or disproved only if the submarine is raised, but so far the Argentine authorities are not ready to go for it.
Defense Minister Oscar Aguada said it would be reckless to allocate four billion dollars to lift the San Juan boat from the bottom of the sea. The submarine lies on the ground at a depth of 907 meters in hundreds of kilometers from the coast, and its weight together with the sea water that has got inside is not less than 2500 tons.