Jesica Medina, sister of Roberto Medina, Second Sub-Officer serving aboard the ARA San Juan sent her a message on November 13 – two days before all communications with the vessel was lost – saying that a Chilean ship and a British helicopter started tracking them when the vessel passed the Falkland Islands.
"On Monday an English helicopter was looking for us, and yesterday the Chileans, there has been a lot going on," Roberto allegedly wrote to his sister on WhatsApp.
UK Ministry of Defense however stated that "this story is completely untrue," according to the Sun.
All contact with ARA San Juan was lost on November 15 as the vessel was heading from the port of Ushuaia to the city of Mar del Plata. The submarine has a crew complement of 44, and its oxygen reserves can allow it to last underwater for six days.