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Elginite called in to help in international rescue effort

By Lauren Jette lauren.jette@elgincourier.com | Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:00 pm

An Elginite has been sent to help in the rescue effort of a downed Argentinian submarine. 

John David Hofstedt, a 2005 graduate of Elgin High School is in the Navy’s elite Undersea Rescue Command based in San Diego, Calif., and has been sent to Argentina to assist in the rescue effort of a missing Argentine submarine. 

According to national reports, the submarine disappeared on Nov. 17 with 44 sailors on board. 

There is an international effort currently underway to try and locate the vessel, but stormy weather has hampered rescue efforts in the 186,000-sqaure-mile search area. Crews from Argentina, the United States, Great Britain, Chile and Brazil have joined in the search. 

Hofstedt’s father said John has routinely trained for this type of mission and recently returned from joint training ventures with Chile and Turkey and has been to depths of 2,000 feet. 

Hofstedt will be surface support for the rescue vessel capable of reaching 850 feet and part of the three-man team that is on board the 2,000-foot rescue vessel. 

Hofstedt is the son of John and Pollye Hofstedt of Elgin and has served in the Navy for nine years after starting his diving career in the Cedar Hills swimming pool at the age of four. 

“Our prayers are with the 44 submariners and their families and the brave folks trying to find them,” John A. Hofstedt said.