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.
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"
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."