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Five dead, seven injured in blast on ONGC's rig Sagar Bhushan at Cochin Shipyard

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Five workers died and seven others suffered injuries in an explosion on board Sagar Bhushan, a drill ship of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), which was docked at the Cochin Shipyard here for repairs.
 
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, where the condition of one of them was stated to be critical.
 
Doctors at the Ernakulam Medical Trust Hospital told journalists that one of the injured had sufferd 45 percent chemical burns and was in a critical condition in the intensive care unit of the hospital. 
 
While he and two others were undergoing treatment at the hospital, four workers were discharged after receiving first aid, sources said.
 
The mishap occurred around 9.15 am while repairs were being carried out in the forward section of the ship, sources said.
 
A press release from Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) said a telephone call was received at CSL informing that there was a gas leakage near AC compartment area of the ship, which was undergoing repair in drydock No. 1.
 
"Immediate instruction was passed on to stop all the hot works. By this time, explosion had occurred in the forward area of ship, near to the AC plant. Immediately, fire tender rushed to the ship along with ambulance. Fireman onboard the ship immediately started firefighting and the fire tender joined with them for the fire fighting from the Aft area. Two firemen with BA (breathing apparatus) sets immediately rushed into the smoke filled area and started fire fighting and rescue operations. Others continued firefighting from the forward hatch and reached to the incident spot," the release said.
 
"All necessary assistance and actions are being taken and the entire senior leadership of the company is involved. Senior civil and police officials are on the ground and appropriate actions are being taken," it said.
 
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The Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard had personally visited the deceased in the hospital and had said that the family of deceased would be adequately compensated in line with the policy of the company. An immediate ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh for the next-of-kin of the deceased has been promised by the company.
 
He also said all expenses for the treatment of the injured would be borne by the company as per the existing policies.
 
The ship had arrived at Cochin Shipyard on December 7, 2017 for drydock repairs. It was drydocked on January 12 and was to be undocked on February 28. The work completion was scheduled for April 7.
 
"The drillship was undergoing mandatory Special Survey (Hull & Machinery) repairs in Cochin Shipyard as per class requirement. The cause of the incident is being ascertained," a brief statement from ONGC said.
 
The five deceased men, all from Kerala, were identified as Unnikrishnan S, Senior fireman), from Tripunithara, Ernakulam; Gevin Reji (on contract), Safety Assistant, from  Pathanamthitta; Jayan K B from Mammanumukku, Kochi; Kannan M. V. from Eroor; and Ramshad M. M. Maalippuram, Ernakuluam -- all employed on external contract as general workers.
 
The three hospitalised persons were identified as Sreeroop P T,  Abhilash T and Jaison Varghese.
 
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