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Five killed, many injured in explosion on ONGC ship berthed in Kochi

Kochi: At least five people were killed and 15 others injured in an explosion onboard Sagar Bhushan, a vessel owned by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), at the Cochin Shipyard on Tuesday. The exploratory drill ship of the public sector firm was berthed at the yard for repair and maintenance. Initial reports said there was an explosion in the water ballast of the ship. Reports said there were two Keralites among the deceased. They were identified as Ramshad, a Vypin native, and Kevin, who hails from Pathanamthitta. Eight of those injured were admitted to the Medical Trust Hospital in the city, one is said to be critical. The police and the fire and rescue services were at the accident spot.