Cochin Shipyard Blast: On Tuesday Morning, at least five workers 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.
Eleven Workers where trapped inside the ship were evacuated and rushed to various hospitals in the city, a CSL spokesperson said. Police and fire and rescue service personnel have rushed to the yard to carry out rescue operations.The deaths are being ascribed to burn injuries and suffocation.
The toll may rise as several of the injured are in a critical condition. The injured people are taking treatment at nearby Medical Trust hospital.The incident happened when works such as welding were being carried out on the ‘water ballast’ of the ship.
It has also been suggested that the explosion may have been the result of a gas leak inside the ship.
Union Minister of Shipping and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari directed MD Cochin Shipyard to provide all medical support to the victims and initiate an inquiry into the incident.
The ‘Sagar Bhushan’ was a drill ship that had come to the yard for maintenance few weeks back. Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) is the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in India.
Further details are awaited.
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