Fire on an ONGC drill vessel at the Cochin Shipyard has claimed five lives and left many injured. Two people are still stuck inside the vessel, and efforts are on to rescue them.
The ship owned by ONGC was docked at a repair and maintenance yard. Rescue efforts are currently in full-swing. The shipyard was shut owing to Mahashivratri, although a few sections remained functional.
According to reports, an explosion in a watter ballast of the ship resulted in a fire. Reports suggested nearly eight critically injured, and admitted to a hospital within Kochi.
The exploratory drill has been functional for quite some time now, with ONGC scouting the coast for hydro-carbon deposits. But until 2010, ONGC officials could not locate availability of sizable hydrocarbon deposits, and there were rumours that ONGC was considering shifting operations to the east coast.