Three sailors lost their lives while three others had to be hospitalised after they inhaled “toxic gases” inside the cavity of a barge off the coast of Mumbai on Saturday. According to Mumbai police the incident took place around 10 PM on Friday night on barge ‘Orion-2’. The flatboat was carrying grains almost 4 nautical miles off the shore of Malabar Hills. The stocked grains and water inside the cavity generated the toxic gases, reports PTI.
According to a police personnel, the six sailors approached the cavity for some cleaning work and inhaled the toxic gases, which resulted in the death of three and suffocating the other three sailors. Soon after, the captain of the barge raised a ‘stress call’ to the Coast Guard Commando Centre (CGCC) in Mumbai. According to cops, there were nine people on board. The Coast Guard boat C-154 soon initiated the rescue operation process by rushing to the spot.
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Police said, the three sailors injured were initially taken to India Dock and were later shifted to Bombay Hospital for further treatment. The three deceased sailors were identified as Dhahur Koriar, Ganesh Bhahiya and Sharmasan Mandal.
In a recent survey by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), it was found that Madhya Pradesh (MP) ranks highest in terms of casualties owing to industrial accidents and inhalation of toxic gases in India.
As per the reports, 213 people lost their lives in 2015, out of which 55 died in MP, followed by 31 in Gujarat, 28 in Rajasthan, 23 in Uttar Pradesh and 17 in Chattisgarh. However, earlier in 2014, MP occupies the sixth spot with just 12 cases.
3 persons died and 2 were hospitalised after they inhaled toxic gases onboard barge ORION II off Mumbai coast last night. pic.twitter.com/ljiPl11VrW
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MP also topped the list of deaths because of inhalation of toxic gases, with 116 cases being recorded in 2015. MP was folowed by Tamil Nadu with 99 deaths, Gujarat with 51, Andhra Pradesh with 37, and Rajasthan with 23. While the total such casualties across India reached 394.