Edinburgh ship incident: Leith Imperial Dock incident sees 35 injured with 14 people still in hospital

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A major incident was declared after the ship tipped on its side

Eleven people remain in hospital after a ship tipped over at an Edinburgh dock, leaving 35 people injured.

A major incident was declared on Wednesday after police, ambulances, the fire service and coastguard were called to a report that a ship had become dislodged from its holding at Imperial Dock in Leith, Edinburgh, at about 8.35am. The Petrel, owned by the US Navy, was left leaning at a 45-degree angle in the dry dock.

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NHS Lothian received 21 patients, with 17 treated at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) and four at the Western General Hospital (WGH), while two people were taken to hospital in Fife. The Scottish Ambulance Service said a further 12 people were treated and discharged at the scene, where it had sent 12 ambulances, an air ambulance, three trauma teams and other resources.

Leith Docks Major Incident: Fourteen people still in hospital after ship toppled in dry dockLeith Docks Major Incident: Fourteen people still in hospital after ship toppled in dry dock
Leith Docks Major Incident: Fourteen people still in hospital after ship toppled in dry dock

NHS Lothian said on Thursday that of those treated at the RIE, nine have been discharged and eight are still in hospital, some with serious injuries, while the four patients at the WGH are awaiting discharge. NHS Fife said two patients remain in its hospitals.

NHS Lothian updated this later in the day, confirming that three more people had been discharged, with five people remaining in the RIE.

Investigations into the incident are under way and Police Scotland said the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed.

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An HSE spokesman said on Thursday: "We will have inspectors at the scene today to begin an investigation into this incident, working with Police Scotland."

A US Navy spokesman said: "We are working closely with the on-site authorities, who are in the best position to help those in need and to provide status updates. We will continue to communicate with our contacts at the scene in order to understand what occurred, the actions being taken, and the long-term impacts. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and their families, with hopes for a quick and full recovery."

Dales Marine Services, which runs the dry dock, said on Wednesday it was "liaising with the emergency services and relevant authorities" in dealing with the incident.

Mr Allen bought the ship to locate historically significant shipwrecks and it discovered around 30 sunken warships, including the Japanese Imperial Navy's IJN Musashi. The Petrel has been moored at Leith since September 3, 2020 due to "operational challenges" from the pandemic, according to a statement on the vessel's social media page.

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