Did Royal Navy helicopter chase missing Argentina submarine? MoD responds to shock claim
The sister of one of the 44 missing sailors has said she received a “strange” WhatsApp message from her brother just days beforethe Argentine ship went missing.
Jesica Medina says he brother told her his submarine, the ARA San Juan, had been chased by the British Navy helicopter.
In a message, he said: “On Monday an English helicopter was looking for us, and yesterday the Chileans, there has been a lot going on.”
The Argentinian told local newspaper La Gaceta she was not the only one to have heard the story and that families of missing crew members had also heard about the chase.
Speaking to La Gaceta newspaper she said: “I think we're not the only family who has heard something like this, I think there are many others, Judge Yanez will have to investigate.”
However, the Ministry of Defence has rejected the claims from Ms Medina.
Speaking to the Mail a spokesman for the department said: “This story is completely untrue.”
The ARA San Juan went missing on November 15 in the South Atlantic as it made its way back to its military base.
A search operation for the submarine is ongoing.
Explaining why she believed her brother and the rest of the crew were chased by the Navy, Ms Medina said the ship had been travelling close to the Falklands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas.
She said: “I don't know how close they got to the Malvinas, and I don't know what the political situation is like.
“That's what he told us and that is what we were left with.
The Falklands are a British overseas territory but Argentina believes they have a claim to the land.
The South American nation tried to seize the small island in the 1980s leading to a war between the UK and Argentina over its future.
Tensions regarding the territory have run high ever since the war more than 30 years ago.
Ms Medina has said she is making the messages from her brother public because she wants the claims investigated as part of the inquiry into what happened to the navy ship.
The search for the crew of the submarine is still ongoing, however, with experts saying the ship has only up to 10 days of oxygen remaining, hopes of their survive have diminished.