5 killed, several others injured in a blast at Cochin Shipyard

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On Tuesday, at least five people were killed and 10 others injured in a blast at the Cochin Shipyard. The blast happened around 10:45 am aboard Sagar Bhushan, an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) drilling ship that was attached for repair.

The Kochi Police Commissioner MV Dinesh said that the fire is under control. “The mishap happened at the dry dock of the shipyard. Five deaths have been confirmed. The situation is under control and an investigation is on to find out how the blast took place,” he said. No less than three people are reported to be trapped inside the ship and efforts are made to evacuate them. The oil tank of the ship burst while doing the repair work. According to the sources, the blast took place during the maintenance work at the ship Sagar Bhushan. The vessel goes to the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). The blast happened at the water tank of the ship. The injured people have rushed to a nearby hospital and rescue operations are underway.

The rescue operations have started to evacuate the two people trapped in the ship. The fire has been brought under control and the death happened due to asphyxiation, a senior police official said. “Fire force and police have been instructed for intensive rescue operations. The injured have also been directed to give immediate treatment,” the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted condolences over the incident.

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