Argentinian Navy abandons rescue mission for crew of missing submarine

Argentina has given up on rescuing 44 crew members on a submarine that disappeared 15 days ago, Reuters reports. “More than double the number of days have passed where it would have been possible to rescue the crew,” navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said Thursday. The search for the vessel will continue with international assistance. Some family members criticized the government for giving up, as well as for its means of communicating. Balbi said 28 ships, nine planes and 4,000 people from 18 countries were involved in the search covering 557,000 nautical miles – more including radar monitoring.