250-foot ship owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allens estate tips over at Scotland dockyard

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Twenty-five people were injured when a ship came off its holding and tipped on its side in a dry dock in Leith, Scotland, Wednesday, the Scottish Ambulance Service said, with 15 taken to hospital. (Reuters)

A research ship owned by the estate of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has tipped over at a dockyard in Scotland Wednesday, leaving at least 25 injured. 

The "terrifying" incident involving the RV Petrel outside of Edinburgh happened after it became "dislodged from its holding in strong winds," Scottish politician Adam McVey said. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this mornings accident in Leith. Sadly many are seriously injured. We are supporting those we can," Sailors’ Society, a Christian charity dedicated to supporting merchant seafarers, wrote on Facebook. 

The Petrel ship, which made global headlines for discovering the long-lost USS Indianapolis in 2017, among other deep-sea wrecks, was placed in long-term moorage in 2020 due to "operational challenges" from the coronavirus pandemic. 

"The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has changed the world for the long term in ways that we never could have imagined," read a post on the ship’s Facebook page in June that year. 

The Scottish Ambulance Service told the BBC on Wednesday that 15 people have been hospitalized after the ship tipped over, while another 10 have been treated and discharged at the scene. 

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