Published: Mon, July 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lost French submarine found more than 50 years later

Lost French submarine found more than 50 years later

"I would like to spare a thought for the families of those who have waited for this moment for so long, " said French Armed Forces Minister, Florence Parly, on Monday.

A French submarine that has been missing for more than 50 years has been located by a search team.

French naval official told the news agencies that the discovery was made by a boat belonging to private United States company Ocean Infinity. "I'm thinking of the families who have been waiting for this moment for so long".

French Minerve Submarine has been found after nearly fifty years. The search operation included the participation of Seabed Constructor vessel, owned by a USA company, which allowed locating the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan in November.

The Minerve docked in the old port of Marseille, southern France.

'It's a relief, hugely emotional, ' the son of the Minerve's captain, Herve Fauve, said after years of calling for the search mission. "These 52 sailors had been abandoned in some ways".

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The submarine was found 45 km from Toulone at a depth of 2,370 metres by the American ship Seabed Constructor, which had arrived last Tuesday to participate in search efforts.(ANSAmed).

The Seabed Constructor also was successful in finding Argentina's San Juan submarine in November 2018 after it had disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean a year earlier. It's such a surprise, such a joy, ' she added.

Faure suggested the Minerve would not be recovered, but a ceremony would be held at sea above the spot where it lies.

We have just found the Minerva. A number of likely causes for the sinking have been put forward, including a fault with the oxygen supply system, a problem with the rudder, or a torpedo or collision with another vessel. "If someone told me he was alive, I'd probably believe them".

French submarine Minerve in France, on March 3, 1964.

The submarine that was training to cooperate with a maritime reconnaissance plane sank in 1968.

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