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U.S.S. Cole Crew was Prepared to Respond to Effects of Terrorist Attack

Aired October 12, 2000 - 12:55 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Continuing our conversation now with Alec Fraser works with us now at Turner Broadcasting; also, though, served as a commander of a ship just like the one that we're talking about that was attacked today just off the coast of Yemen.

We've talked about that there are four sailors that are known dead, there are about 30 injured, but there's also a certain number missing. What's taking place; what are the operations; what do you train for in looking for missing sailors like this?

CAPTAIN ALEC FRASER, U.S. NAVY (RETIRED): The ship was fortunate in that the entire crew was onboard when this explosion took place. The scenario would have been that someone would have sounded the general alarm.

At that point, three separate firefighting, flooding control teams and medical response teams would have gone into place. There are three in case some of the people that were injured in the explosion are part of some of those teams. There are other backup teams to support that. Those teams move into place to limit the flooding, to counteract the list on the ship, to fight whatever fires are in place. Those are the same procedures you have in combat, they're the same procedures the Navy trains to day-in and day-out as you move along.

Finding the missing sailors in an area that's been -- that's received an explosion is something that they're going to have to go through and probably take a little bit of time to make sure they are doing it correctly and safely at the same time.

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Alec Fraser, thanks for talking throughout the day here.

KAGAN: Appreciate your expertise, today.

It has been quite a day here, quite a morning here at CNN. We're covering the two big stories, the U.S.S. Cole, also the tension and the violence in the Middle East.

Our thanks to our correspondents and the crew, people behind the scenes, also Frank Sesno in Washington.

HEMMER: Lou Waters, Natalie Allen going to pick up the Baton from us. They'll be along shortly.

Stay tuned, we're back in two minutes, complete coverage, again, throughout the entire day on both these stories, including the stock market in New York. So long now.

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