22 March 2023






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On Wednesday 22nd March, 2023 thirty-three people have been injured after the research vessel PETREL , that was previously owned by the co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen (who died in 2018), dislodged from her dock blocks inside a dry dock, with the 3,000-ton ship leaning at a 45-degree angle toppled over in a dry dock during high winds.

A wind speed of 38mph was recorded in Edinburgh at 8am on Wednesday, while a 44mph gust was recorded at 9am, according to Met Office data.


The Scottish Ambulance Service said 21 people were taken to hospital and 12 people were treated at the scene of the incident at Imperial Dock in Leith, Edinburgh.

STV reported there were around 50 refurbishment workers on board and US citizens were involved. The ambulance service sent 12 ambulances, an air ambulance, three trauma teams and other resources to the scene, while the fire service also attended.

In a statement, the service said 15 people were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI) for treatment, four to the Western General Hospital in the city and two to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

It did not disclose their conditions but it was reported that one person required surgery in an operating theatre at ERI.

Below are images of her entering Grand Harbour, Malta back to March 2017



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