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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"
The boss of London Duck Tours has insisted his vehicles are safe, despite today's "full scale emergency" on the River Thames. Sue Saville reports:
A Duck Tours boat fire eyewitness has told ITV News he "really wasn't sure" the passengers "were going to be okay".
Phil Beasley-Harling said he saw one woman jump into the water after the tide forced the London Duck Tours boat away from a rescue vessel.
Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick has called for London Duck Tours to have their permit to trade "revoked" following the blaze affecting one of their boats on the River Thames today.
There is a history of incidents with these vehicles. The licensing authority should revoke their permit to trade until a full examination of vehicle safety and staff training is undertaken.
London Duck Tours could not be reached for comment.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) has launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze on a Duck Tours boat which required 15 tourists to be pulled from the water of the River Thames.
"People are clearly cold, wet and in shock but they were pulled from the water really quickly and that's testament to the work of our firefighters, other emergency rescue teams and others who rushed to the scene to help," LFB group manager Neil Withers said.
The Port of London Authority is also expected to investigate the blaze.