The explosion, which happened around 8:30 a.m. in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province, is presumed to have been caused by the gas accumulated within the vessel, a ministry official explained.
“The submarine had been placed in the repair facility for a regular inspection from May 2 to Sept. 2, and was about to be moved for repairs today,” a military official said. He added that the military is conducting an investigation on specifically how the accident had occured.
|A naval base in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province (Yonhap)|
The vessel has been in service for the past 30 years.
Military said it has alerted the bereaved families of the deceased and is working on follow-up measures for the accident.
By Yoon Min-sik(firstname.lastname@example.org)