EDINBURGH: Twenty-one people were taken to hospital and 12 others were treated for injuries on the quayside on Wednesday after a ship tipped over in high winds at a dry dock in the Scottish capital.

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

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it took 21 patients to hospital and treated and discharged a further 12 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, which began at around 8:30am (local time), prompted the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to mobilise four trucks and other equipment, a spokesperson said.

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

Published in Dawn, March 23rd, 2023

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