Microsoft co-founders ship tips over leaving 25 injured – with more missing

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    A vessel formerly owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has tipped onto its side and left 25 people injured following a bizarre series of circumstances.

    Emergency crews rushed to the Edinburgh dock after the ship had tipped onto what appeared to be a 45-degree angle and left "a dozen people" injured.

    At least 15 people have been rushed to hospital, the Scottish Air Ambulance service has confirmed, while unconfirmed reports suggest two crew members are missing.

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    Reports from various crew members say the ship had dislodged from its holding in the Imperial Dock area of Leith this morning, shortly after 8.35am.

    A number of emergency services including air and ground support from Scottish Ambulance Services and multiple fire engines were spotted at the scene of the ship tilt.

    Edinburgh City council leader Cammy David fears "there may be a dozen people who've been injured to some extent".

    A Scottish Air Ambulance spokesperson said of the incident: "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.

    "We transported 15 patients to hospital; 11 to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and four to Western General Hospital. A further 10 patients were treated and discharged at the scene."

    The vessel, reportedly named RV Petrel, is a research vessel that was formerly owned by the estate of Microsoft co-founder Allen, DailyRecord reported.

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    RV Petrel, measuring 76m (250ft), was used as a research ship until the start of the coronavirus pandemic, where it was placed in long-term moorage due to "operation challenges".

    It would appear the ship was tipped by "strong winds", as Leith councillor Adam McVey said the "terrifying" incident was due to weather woes.

    A statement from Mr McVey read: "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."

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