Leith Docks major incident: Emergency services swoop on Leith as ship tips towards dock at worrying angle
Emergency services have descended on Leith Docks to deal with an ongoing incident.
A ship in the Imperial Dock in Leith became dislodged from its holding after high winds, and is now tipping towards the dock. Eye-witnesses said that the vessel is leaning at a 45-degree angle. Fire crews, police, ambulances and air ambulances are currently in attendance at the scene in Edinburgh. The ship is a research vessel named the Petrel and is reportedly owned by the estate of late Microsoft founder Paul Allen
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, 22 March, 2023 and officers remain at the scene. The public are asked to avoid the area to allow emergency service access”. A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service 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 (SORT), three Paramedic Response Units (PRU) and one patient transport vehicle.”
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 8.43 am on Wednesday, 23 March 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."
Local SNP Councillor for Leith, Adam McVey, said: “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.”
NHS Lothian has been contacted for comment.
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