Ship topples over at dry dock in Edinburgh

Ship topples over at dry dock in Edinburgh

Emergency services have been called to a dry dock after a ship partially toppled over at a dock in Edinburgh, reportedly due to high winds.

Police, ambulance and the fire services were called after the 250ft research vessel became dislodged from its holding at Imperial Dock in Leith at about 8.35am on Wednesday.

Pictures posted on social media show the Petrel leaning at a 45-degree angle. A number of passengers were on board but it is not known if there were any injuries.

The Petrel was bought and outfitted by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

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 asked people to stay away from the area during the rescue operation.

Leith councillor Adam McVey said the ship became dislodged in strong winds and he described the incident as terrifying for those on board.

He tweeted: “Emergency services are responding to a major incident at Leith docks – a ship has been dislodged from its holding in strong winds.

“Terrifying for those on board, my thoughts are with those who’ve been injured and hope everyone recovers quickly. Please avoid area.”

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 0829 hours today to attend an incident in Leith.

“We have dispatched five ambulances, an air ambulance, three trauma teams, our special operations team, three paramedic response units and one patient transport vehicle.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were alerted at 8.43am on Wednesday to reports of an incident at Imperial Dock, Leith, Edinburgh.

“Operations control mobilised four appliances and a number of specialist resources.

“Crews currently remain in attendance.”

The coastguard also sent teams to the scene.

A spokesman said: “HM Coastguard is currently assisting Police Scotland in responding to a major incident at Imperial Dry Dock in Edinburgh.

“At around 9.30am, Coastguard rescue teams from Fisherrow, South Queensferry and Kinghorn were sent to the scene.

“This is a multi-agency response, with the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue also in attendance.”

Dales Marine Services, which runs the dry dock, said it had no comment.

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