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Thames Duck Boat Fire: 30 Pulled From River
Around 30 people have been rescued from the River Thames after their tour boat caught on fire.
The passengers were forced to jump overboard when flames took hold on the London Duck Tours amphibious vessel on a stretch of water close to Lambeth Bridge.
Some 28 tourists and two crew members were hauled to safety by passing tour barges after the fire broke out shortly before midday on Sunday.
A woman and a child were taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.
Further tourists were treated for smoke inhalation at the riverside, opposite the Houses of Parliament.
All passengers were accounted for, but London Fire Brigade group manager Neil Withers said they were in shock.
"Fortunately at this stage it doesn't look like anyone's been seriously injured," he said.
"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.
"The casualties, who are tourists, are being looked after by the London Ambulance Service and firefighters, who are keeping them warm and making them cups of tea."
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
"The damaged boat was pulled away from the scene by our fire boat and a full investigation into exactly what happened will now be taking place," Mr Withers said.
The Port of London Authority is also expected to investigate the blaze.
Around one-third of the beleaguered boat was damaged by the blaze, according to the fire brigade.
It is the third time this year that a Duck Tours vessel has run into difficulty.
In June, 22 people were taken to hospital after the Yellow Duckmarine amphibious tour bus sunk in Liverpool.
Another Yellow Duckmarine tour bus reportedly sank in the city dock in March. Nobody was injured in that incident.