At least five persons working in a dredging vessel were drowned and fifteen others injured when they fell into the sea after colliding with another ship at Kandla Port late on Thursday evening, the Port Trust officials said.
The incident happened when the dredging vessel, in which they were working, collided with another ship, which was leaving the port, said HC Venkatesh, Traffic Manager, KPT.
"The exact number of people working in the vessel owned by a Jeshu Shipping were not known but some of them fell into the sea from the impact of the collision," he said.
All the bodies have been recovered, he said.
The injured were rushed to a local hospital, where condition of four was stated to be serious, he added.