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.

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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

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