Paul Allen’s deep-sea research vessel overturns in strong winds with 50 people on board

A giant research vessel owned by the late Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen has overturned in a dry dock in Scotland in high winds.

Up to 50 people are said to have been on board Camper Petrel, a deep-sea research vessel, when the ship overturned. At least 10 people were injured.

Some workers were believed to be missing, but the entire crew has reportedly been found.

The accident is being classified as a major emergency by Scottish authorities and paramedics, firefighters and the coastguard have all rushed to the scene in Edinburgh’s Imperial Dock.

A source tells The Sun: “This is an extremely worrying situation. It has been very windy since the early hours of the morning and normal operations have been suspended until conditions ease.

“The injured have sustained various injuries, but as far as I am aware, none are in a life-threatening condition. But everyone is very concerned for the safety of those currently on board.”

Councilor Adam McVey tweeted: “Emergency services are responding to a major incident at Leith docks – a ship being thrown from position in high winds. Scary for those on board, my thoughts are with the injured and I hope everyone recovers quickly. Please avoid the area.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 08:29 today to attend an incident in Leith.

“We dispatched five ambulances, one ambulance, three trauma teams, our special operations team, three paramedic task forces and an ambulance.”

The Camper Petrel, named after a seabird, is the only privately owned deep-sea research vessel and has been outfitted by Allen to explore historically significant shipwrecks. His most famous discovery was the wreck of the USS Indianapolis Found in August 2017 at a depth of 18,000 feet in the Philippine Sea.

Allen died of cancer-related septic shock in 2018 at the age of 65. Paul Allen’s deep-sea research vessel overturns in strong winds with 50 people on board

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