During an emergency session of the National Assembly?s defense committee, Lee Gi-sik, chief of the Defense Ministry?s intelligence operations, said that captain Choi reported the situation to the chief of naval operations with his mobile phone right before the ship sank.
?All electricity was cut off at the time so the captain reported the situation with his cell phone,? Lee said.
?There was a big detonation and the engine stopped and the electricity was cut off. I went up to the deck and couldn?t see the stern of the ship there. All happened within two minutes,? the captain was quoted as saying by Rep. Kim Hak-song of the ruling Grand National Party who chairs the committee.
?There is no possibility whatsoever that the ship sank due to an internal explosion or a collision with a reef. I guarantee that,? a navy lieutenant was quoted as saying by participants in a briefing session organized by the Navy?s Second Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province -- the home port of the ill-fated ship.
?Another cause could be an attack from an outside force and that is not exact as of yet. The military is currently conducting an investigation and I am not in a position to comment on that,? he added.
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