Ship capsizes in Scottish harbor
Of the victims, eleven had to be hospitalized and ten were treated on site and released. In all, four fire engines, five ambulances and an air ambulance were mobilized, in addition to police, coast guard and trauma teams. So far there is no information on the health status of the victims.
“We received a call at 8.29am today for assistance in Leith. We have dispatched five ambulances, an air ambulance, three emergency teams, our special forces team, three teams of pre-hospital emergency professionals and a patient transport vehicle “, said a spokesman for the ambulance service, in statements to the British newspaper The Guardian.
Ship capsizes in Leith harbor. (Playback/YouTube)
Measuring 76 meters in length, the ship was docked in Leith, located on the north coast of Scotland’s capital.
A city councilor, who was present at the scene, said the ship overturned due to strong winds in the region. As of press time, there has been no police statement on the cause of the incident, but people have been asked to avoid the area.
Despite not having an official statement from the police, local residents believe that gusts of wind may have been the main cause of the incident.
The vessel, named Petrel, was used in research and was originally acquired by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.
The ship is equipped with deep-sea exploration technology and has led numerous high-profile missions to locate historic shipwrecks, including the 2017 discovery of the USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea.
According to information from the BBC, the ship had been docked since 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Featured Photo: Ship capsizes in Edinburgh. Playback/Andy Buchanan/AFP
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