Rescue services are attending a serious incident at a Scottish dockyard after a ship in dry dock toppled over. 

Police Scotland have advised people to avoid the area around the Imperial Dock in Leith, Edinburgh.

Five ambulances, an air ambulance and a trauma team are at the scene, along with other resources. 

Edinburgh Councillor Adam McVey said that the ship had been dislodged from its holdings due to strong winds. 

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He Tweeted: "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."

Pictures on social media showed the sizeable ship leaning at a 45 degree angle in the dock.  

The Coastguard has said there is currently a "multi-agency response" at the scene, with the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue also in attendance.   

The Herald:

A statement from Police in Edinburgh 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."


The statement continued: “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.”


The BBC reports the 75m ship is owned by the estate of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and was placed into long-term moorage in 2020 as a result of "operation challenges" during the Covid pandemic.

Before that it was used to carry out deep sea searches for ship wrecks and war graves at sea.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman 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, three paramedic response units and one patient transport vehicle.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were alerted at 8.43am on Wednesday 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.”

The coastguard also sent teams to the scene.

The Herald:

A spokesman said: “HM Coastguard is currently assisting Police Scotland in responding to a major incident at Imperial Dry Dock in Edinburgh.

“At around 9.30am, Coastguard rescue teams from Fisherrow, South Queensferry and Kinghorn were sent to the scene.

“This is a multi-agency response, with the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue also in attendance.”

Dales Marine Services, which runs the dry dock, said it had no comment.