Duck boats grounded after fire

Around 30 passengers were rescued after a blaze broke out on a tour boat on the River Thames, emergency services said.

London Duck Tours: "no comment until investigation complete"

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 operates a fully modernised fleet of nine vehicles that have been completely rebuilt and refurbished between 2002 and 2012. This includes new, purpose built hulls, new engines, computerised systems and steering equipment. The company is fully cooperating with the investigators and regulatory authorities and will not be making further comment until the reason behind the incident is established.

– JA Bigos, Managing Director, London Duck Tours

Duck Tours go 'land only' as investigation begins

The amphibious vessel caught fire yesterday as the vessel passed the Houses of Parliament Credit: ITV News

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.

An investigation has begun into why one of the vessels caught fire Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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"

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Passengers jumped out of tour boat ablaze

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."

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Fire breaks out on Thames tour boat leading to emergency rescue

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."