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A large ship that capsized in Edinburgh at a “45-degree angle” injured 25 persons.

In the Imperial Dock neighborhood of Leith, the ship fell loose from its holding, resulting in the transport of fifteen individuals to the hospital.

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Ten other patients received on-site care before being released.

About 8.35 am, five ambulances, one air ambulance, and three trauma teams arrived on the scene.

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The area has been warned to stay away from as numerous fire engines and Coastguard rescue teams assisted persons who were hurt there.

According to the ambulance service, four people went to Western General Hospital and 11 were brought to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

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The 75m ship was formerly owned by the estate of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and was placed into long-term moorage in 2020 as a result of ‘operation challenges’ during the Covid pandemic.

However the estate for Paul Allen confirmed to Metro.co.uk that the ship was sold last year.

Emergency services at scene after ship falls over in Edinburgh dry dock

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The ship became dislodged from its holding.

A spokesperson said: ‘The vessel is no longer owned by the Estate of Paul G. Allen; it was sold last year.’

Before that, it was used to carry out deep-sea searches for shipwrecks and war graves at sea.

Jacquie Campbell, chief officer of acute services at NHS Lothian said: ‘We’re on standby to receive a number of patients at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh’s A&E department following a major incident at the Imperial Docks in Leith.

‘We have been reviewing the current capacity at RIE, with support from other sites, to prepare to accommodate these patients.

‘Given the expected pressure on the site, we urge people not to attend A&E at the RIE unless it’s an emergency.’

Edinburgh Councillor Adam McVey said that the ship had been dislodged from its holdings due to strong winds. 

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 & hope everyone recovers quickly. Please avoid area.’

Scottish Greens Lothian MSP Lorna Slater said: ‘My team and I are monitoring events very closely. Images of such a large ship in dry dock leaning at 45 degree angle is very concerning. 

‘I understand that around 25 people have been injured in some way, with around 15 of them now in hospital. My thoughts are with them and others impacted by what must have been a terrifying experience. 

‘Because of the nature of the incident there will clearly be a level of disruption for locals and for people travelling in and around the Leith area.

‘I would ask people to exercise patience and where they can seek alternative routes to allow first responders and other agencies to go about their work.

‘Our thanks go to the emergency services and other agencies who are working to deal with this and to assess the situation moving forward.’ 

A Police Scotland spokesperson 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, March 22, 2023 and officers remain at the scene. The public are asked to avoid the area to allow emergency service access.’

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed 11 patients have been taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and four to Western General Hospital. Others injured were treated at the scene.

They added: ‘We dispatched five ambulances, an air ambulance, three trauma teams, our special operations team, three paramedic response units and one patient transport vehicle.’

A Coastguard spokesman added: ‘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.’

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