33 people injured as research ship tips on side at dry dock in Scotland-PHOTO

33 people injured as research ship tips on side at dry dock in Scotland-PHOTO
# 22 March 2023 21:27 (UTC +04:00)

A major emergency operation was launched on Wednesday after a ship owned by the estate of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen tipped onto its side amid high winds at a Scottish dry dock, APA reports citing Evening Standard.

Police, paramedics and the coastguard were called to the research vessel The Petrel which became dislodged from its holding at Imperial Dock in Leith, Edinburgh, at around 8.35 am.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said 21 people were taken to hospital following the incident, while a further 12 were treated and discharged at the scene on Wednesday morning.

The ambulance service said 15 patients were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, four to Western General Hospital and two to Victoria Hospital.

Pictures posted on social media show the 76m long vessel, used to launch deep sea dives on shipwrecks and war graves, leaning at a 45-degree angle.

The research vessel was placed into long-term moorage in 2020 as a result of “operation challenges” during the Covid pandemic.

The Scottish Ambulance Service sent five ambulances, an air ambulance, three trauma teams and other resources to the scene, while the fire service also attended.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers and emergency service colleagues are responding to an incident at Imperial Dock in Leith, Edinburgh, whereby a ship on dry dock has become dislodged from its holding.

“Police were called to attend at around 8.35am on Wednesday and officers remain at the scene.

“The public are asked to avoid the area to allow emergency service access.”

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