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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"


MP: 'Revoke' London Duck Tours' permit to trade

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.

– Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse

London Duck Tours could not be reached for comment.

LFB investigates cause of Duck Tours boat blaze

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.

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