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In a statement following yesterday's fire on board one of its vessels, London Duck Tours said that everyone who was treated for smoke inhalation has now been discharged, and that there were no major injuries. It says it operates at the 'highest safety standards':
London Duck Tours has announced that it's grounding its amphibious boats from today, after one caught fire at the weekend.
Many on board the boat jumped into the water as flames took hold and thick black smoke billowed out. A woman and a child were taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.
The company released a statement saying:
"At this early stage it is not possible to speculate on the reason for the incident. Until the cause is established, the company will not be operating on the river and should technical or safety modifications be required to our fleet, these will be introduced prior to the service recommencing"
Thirty people had to be rescued from the Thames today after a fire broke out onboard a London Duck Tours boat.
Passengers were seen jumping into the river as the fire ripped through the boat close to the Houses of Parliament.
Ruth Banks has more.
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Many on board the London Duck Tours boat jumped into the water as flames took hold and thick black smoke billowed from the amphibious vessel.
A woman and a child were taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.Further tourists were treated at the scene of the fire, opposite the Houses of Parliament.A police source said the nature of the injuries "could have been a lot worse".
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "A number of people were reported to be in the water at the time. Several Metropolitan Police units attended and the police helicopter."A number of people were recovered from the water. All 28 passengers and two crew members have been accounted for."
Around 30 passengers were rescued after a blaze broke out on a tour boat on the River Thames today.
Flames ripped through the vessel on a stretch of water close to Lambeth Bridge.Passengers were hauled to safety by crews on passing tour barges after the fire broke out shortly before midday.
London Fire Brigade said the beleaguered boat was 33% damaged by the blaze."Approximately 30 people were rescued by passing tourist boats," a spokesman said."All persons were accounted for."