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5 killed in blast on ship under repair at Cochin Shipyard

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Five people were killed in a fire following an explosion on an vessel under repair at the Limited premises today, a said.

The deceased were believed to be contract workers, he said.

Three injured people have been admitted to a private hospital here, he said, adding that the condition of one of them, who suffered 40 per cent burns, is stated to be critical.

The earlier today said 11 people trapped inside the ship were evacuated andrushed to city hospitals.

M P Dinesh visited the accident site and said those trapped on the ship were evacuated and the situation was under control now.

The blast reportedly occurred in a water tank on the front side of the ship docked in the yard for repair.

The incident occurred at around 10 AM when those on the vessel were about to deboard it for breakfast break.

Police said smoke inhalation is suspected to be the reason for the casualties.

for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and expressed shock over the loss of lives in blast.

"Shocked by unfortunate blast at .. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families. I have spoken to MD, n asked him to provide all necessary medical support to victims n to initiate immed inquiry with help of concerned agencies (sic)," he tweeted.

Chief Minister condoled the death of the five persons in the blast.

In a post, he said directions have been issued to conduct rescue operations and provide urgent medical care to those injured in the blast.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 15:05 IST