US Navy ship righted and afloat after toppling in Edinburgh dry dock

Dozens of crew were injured after the 3,371-tonne vessel tipped over in March.

A ship owned by the US Navy which tipped over in a Scottish dry dock in March is floating again after being righted.

It is thought the Edinburgh dock had to be flooded on Sunday to allow the MV Petrel to stand upright.

The 3,371-tonne vessel was manoeuvred by two tugs around Imperial Dock in Leith on Tuesday.

On March 22, it had toppled over, leaving dozens of crew injured.

It prompted a massive emergency response to save those aboard as the ship was seen leaning at a 45-degree angle.

Some 23 people were treated in hospital and 12 at the scene of the incident, NHS Lothian said.

The ship had been moored at the Edinburgh dockyard since September 2020 following “operational challenges” from the Covid pandemic.

In 2022, the Petrel was bought by the US Navy, and is currently operated by American-owned Oceaneering International.

It was previously owned by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who used it to search for historically significant shipwrecks.

An investigation into how it became dislodged has been lodged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A spokesperson said: “A HSE team is continuing to work with Police Scotland on the ongoing investigation of this incident.”

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