5 killed, 10 injured in blast on ONGC ship at Cochin Shipyard

At least five people were killed and 10 others injured in a blast at the Cochin Shipyard on Tuesday.

The blast took place around 10:45am onboard Sagar Bhushan, a Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) drilling ship, that was berthed for repair.

Kochi Police Commissioner MV Dinesh said 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.

At least three people are reported to be trapped inside the ship and efforts are on to evacuate them. The oil tank of the ship burst while carrying out repair.

Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari has ordered an inquiry into the incident. “Shocked by the unfortunate blast at Cochin Shipyard where four people have died. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families,” Gadkari tweeted.

“I have spoken to MD, Cochin Shipyard and asked him to provide all necessary medical support to (the) victims and to initiate immediate inquiry with the help of concerned agencies,” he said.

Cochin Shipyard is a public sector undertaking engaged in shipbuilding and ship-repair. The yard repairs the largest vessels in India, including ships of the oil exploration industry, the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard, and merchant ships of the ONGC.

(With inputs from agencies)

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