A crew member died and three other were hospitalized following an incident with the research vessel Urania in a dry dock in Livorno, Italy.

On Tuesday (August 25), at around 7 p.m. local time, all of a sudden the vessel heeled portside. It listed some 20 to 30 degrees causing the shifting of all materials on board.

During the incident a 39-year-old man lost his life, 11 men, crew and workers, were trapped inside for a while. Having been rescued, three have been sent to local hospital. The dock has sustained damage and leak has been reported.

An investigation into the incident has been launched.

Urania research vessel

Photo: Massimiliano Cortese