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25 Injured as Research Vessel Tips Over in Dry Dock

View of the research vessel Petrel after it tipped on its side in a dry dock in Leith, near Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, March 22, 2023. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

25 Injured as Research Vessel Tips Over in Dry Dock

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March 22, 2023

Decorated research vessel formerly owned by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen tips over in dry dock, injuring 25. The vessel was purchased by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in 2022.

Reuters

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) – Twenty-five people were injured when a ship came off its holding and tippedon its side in a dry dock in Leith, Scotland on Wednesday,the Scottish Ambulance Service said, with 15 taken to hospital.

Ten people were treated and discharged at the scene, the emergency service added in a statement.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed a large ship propped up against the wall of a dry dock. A local councillor posting on the social media site said strong winds had caused the incident.

View of the research vessel Petrel after it toppled over in a dry dock in Leith, near Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, March 22, 2023. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Scottish medical authorities at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, which received 11 patients, urged people not to attend its accident and emergency department as it would be busy dealing with the victims of the incident.

Five ambulances, an air ambulance, three trauma teams and other specialist responders had earlier attended the scene after the accident took place at about 0830 GMT. 

Edinburgh Police said a boat had become dislodged from its holding at Imperial Dock in Leith, near Edinburgh.

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman, writing by Sarah Young; editing by William James)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023.

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