At half past four in the morning, it finally became clear that the flagship ship “Sea Yard”, the ship that had found the submarine ARA San Juan, moored in the port of Cape Town. It was without serious inconvenience and after a long trip of more than 80 days, crossed by anxiety, expectation, uncertainty and emotion of discovery. Team of horn he was the only witness to the arrival and accompanied from a distance the prudential process of disembarking the crew.
Argentine observers who participated in the odyssey, relatives of the crew of the sunken submarine, were received by Captain Gonzalo Prieto, a new defense attache in South Africa, and Argentine Consul Pablo Graziano. A diplomatic representative and a representative of the Navy were present to provide material support to the Argentines on board. But they also came with a mission to collaborate and accompany the loading of 67,000 images and videos of an ARA San Juan submarine, collected by Ocean Infinity submersible vehicles at a depth of 907 meters.
This material seems to allow us to find out what happened to the Argentine ship to sink 500 kilometers off the coast of Comodoro Rivadavia on November 15, 2017. The operation of copying information to external hard drives began immediately after arrival, almost in parallel with immigration procedures. The day before arrival, Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity, said in an exclusive interview with Clarín: "I hope that from all this information the Argentine authorities can come to the conclusion of the tragedy."
“We arrived with a very pleasant day, after a long journey. We could see a very beautiful landscape. At about seven o'clock in the morning we contacted Captain Prieto and the consul who got on the ship sanctioned by the captain. It was an emotional meeting. And we had a long conversation. We know that now this story and the investigation must continue, ”he said excitedly and wearily. horn lawyer Luis Talyapietra, father of the crew of the Argentine submarine Alejandro Talyapietra.
At the port of Cape Town, this was a land of extreme tranquility. While the seabed crew continued to perform the tasks of the port, a group of experts was responsible for the transfer of information. “This is a task that deserves full commitment, very important for the country and, above all, for families, we must respect this process so that this data reaches Argentina as soon as possible, therefore we are here,” he explained. horn Captain Prieto At about 11 am local time (in Argentina it is five hours less) travelers received permission to start descending from the ship.
According to the materials, the Navy reported that there is an official bulletin issued by Federal Court No. 1 of Kaleta Olivia, which establishes an obligation to provide justice to all information relating to the process of searching for a submarine. Even the data associated with the hiring of localization services and reliable identification of the submarine.
The naval attache and ship captain Gonzalo Prieto and the Argentine consul Pablo Andres Graziano were ordered to get all the information about the Submarino Ara San Juan.
Photo: Emmanuel Fernandez
It is also known that during their stay on board all Argentinean observers had the same level of access to the images, but complied with the communication prefix protocol to preserve the confidentiality of information. This responds to the request of general reservation families beyond the three already published images, which are evidence of positive identification. The Argentine delegation will remain in Cape Town until December 3. On this day, they will travel via Doha (Qatar) to Buenos Aires and arrive on Tuesday 4.