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At least 25 injured after ship lurches in Edinburgh dock

By Agence France-Presse Published Mar 23, 2023 9:56 am

Fifteen were taken to the hospital and 10 others were treated for injuries on Wednesday, March 22 after a ship tipped over in high winds at a dry dock in Edinburgh, prompting emergency services to declare a "major incident."

Research vessel Petrel was left listing at a 45-degree angle at the Imperial Dock in the Leith district in the north of the Scottish capital.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it took 15 patients to the hospital and treated and discharged a further 10 at the scene after dispatching five ambulances, an air ambulance, three trauma teams, and other units.

The local National Health Service (NHS) provider said it was "on standby to receive a number of patients" at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from the scene and urged others not to attend unless in an emergency.

The incident prompted the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to mobilize four trucks and other equipment, a spokesperson said.

The incident prompted emergency services to declare a "major incident."

Police Scotland confirmed its officers had also attended and the coastguard agency said teams from three stations assisted at the "major incident."

Local councilor Adam McVey described it as "terrifying" for those on board, tweeting that "strong winds" had dislodged the vessel.

The 76-meter Petrel was previously bought and outfitted by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen but is no longer owned by his estate, British media reported.

The ship is said to weigh 3,000 tonnes and has been at the dry dock since 2020, reports said. (AFP)