An investigation is underway following the weekend sinking of the yellow duckmarine in Liverpool with more than thirty people on board.
The Mayor of Liverpool has told us the fleet should never be allowed back into the water. Ralph Blunsom reports...
Liverpool's Duck Boat Tours have been suspended, while marine investigators look into why one of their boats sank.
31 people had to be rescued from the amphibious vehicle in the Albert Dock on Saturday. The Mayor of Liverpool says the 'duckmarines' shouldn't be allowed back in the water.
A Yellow Duckmarine spokesperson said:
Yellow Duckmarine works closely at all times with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, the marine industry's independent regulatory body, to ensure it complies with all of it's health and safety and regulatory obligations.
"The MCA has confirmed that Yellow Duck's active fleet meets all required safety standards.Yellow Duckmarine will continue to follow all direction from and fully cooperate with the MCA.
– Yellow Duckmarine spokesperson
"The matter is being investigated in the normal way as a marine accident by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch(MAIB), who are carrying out an exhaustive investigation and we will continue to provide every assistance to the MAIB in that regard."Yellow Duckmarine is proud of the reputation it has earned and the contribution it has made to the economy and image of the City Region during the many years it has safely carried almost 2 million passengers in Albert Dock.
The leader of Parliament's transport committee says Liverpool's Duck Boat Tours must not resume, until there's a clear answer why one sank. MP Louise Ellman says public safety must be a priority, after one of the amphibious vehicles went down in the city's Albert Dock yesterday.
Ralph Blunsom reports.
A viewer's video captures the moment the Duck Tour sank in Liverpool yesterday.
Witnesses can be heard expressing their disbelief at what they're seeing. One says: "There's people still in it!".
Video courtesy of YouTube user, DADLFC.
Emergency services were called just before 4pm. Firefighters from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service rescued three people from the water. A number of people were taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries. All people from the vessel have been accounted for.