Race against time to find missing submarine

It's a race against time for rescuers searching for a missing submarine with 44 crew members on board.

The vessel went missing on Wednesday last week (local time) off Argentina's South Atlantic Coast.

If it's sunk there's only enough oxygen to last another 24 hours, but with time quickly passing confidence is fading.

The submarine - named the ARA San Juan - was on a routine patrolling mission around 430 kilometers off the argentine coast when it vanished last week.

There are 43 men on board as well as Eliana Krawczyk, Argentina's first female submarine officer. 

There's now an international effort to find the sub, but the search has been made difficult by stormy seas.

The United States navy has sent ship and specialist underwater rescue equipment while the UK has also deployed an elite submarine rescue team to help.