Cochin: A blast occurred at ONGC rig on Tuesday that was under repair at the Cochin Shipyard. It takes the lives of nearly five employees and wounded 12 others.
As per senior officials, the explosion took place in a counterbalance tank in the frontward portion of drill craft ‘Sagar Bhushan’.
“There was a slight blaze eruption, which was brought under regulation straight away, but thick smoke within the tank spoiled evacuation operations,” a representative stated.
Even after holiday on Tuesday, the yard was having several workers at the time of explosion. As per spokesperson, “The yard has an effectual blaze control mechanism and there were firefighter on agreement on board the ship under mend. But the number of fatalities was more due to the detail that the explosion was within a tank.”
Fire brigades were immediately called up to douse the flames and they even carried out evacuation operations.
The workforce who sustained injuries were taken to the hospital to undergo treatment.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the cops and evacuation workers to give all emergency support to the victims. He even told hospitals to offer immediate trauma care to the sufferers of the misfortune.
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