The wife of a crew member onboard the missing Argentine submarine and others slammed the quality of the vessel.
“They sent a piece of crap to sail,” Itati Leguizamon, wife of submarine crew member German Suarez, was quoted by media outlets saying
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The submarine has been missing for more than a week. Officials said that an apparent explosion occurred about the same time the submarine went missing, according to the country’s Navy.
Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi maintained that the search for the missing submarine will continue. It disappeared hundreds of miles from Argentina’s east coast before contact was lost.
According to a Spanish media report, she said: “They didn’t tell [us] that they are dead … but what can you expect if they tell you that there was an explosion that caused them to fall below 3,000 meters (10,000 feet).”
“They lied to us … they have been dead for a while, and they had us here a week ago,” she said, adding that they “are angry” with the Navy’s alleged lack of transparency.
She also placed the blame of the submarine’s poor quality on “the previous government and of the current one.”
Distraught family members could be seen crying after officials told them of the explosion. “According to this report, there was an explosion,” Balbi said. “We don’t know what caused an explosion of these characteristics at this site on this date.”
“They inaugurated a submarine with a coat of paint and a flag in 2014, but without any equipment inside,” Leguizamon added, Yahoo News reported. “The navy is to blame for its 15 years of abandonment.”
The search for the submarine has prompted an international search-and-rescue mission.
“They haven’t come back and they will never come back,” said Jesica Gopar, the wife of submarine officer, Fernando Santilli. “I had a bad feeling about this and now it has been confirmed.”
The German-built submarine was commissioned in 1985, but it got a $12 million retrofitting in 2014.
On Thursday, officials said a U.S. plane found an unidentified object in the water where it went missing.
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