Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tourists Leap into Thames as Fire Rips through Boat ; Passengers on Tour in Blaze terrorIt Could Have Been a Lot Worse, Say Police

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tourists Leap into Thames as Fire Rips through Boat ; Passengers on Tour in Blaze terrorIt Could Have Been a Lot Worse, Say Police

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AROUND 30 people were rescued after a blaze tore through an amphibious tourist boat opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Flames ripped through the London Duck Tours vessel on a stretch of the River Thames close to Lambeth Bridge.

Many of those on board leapt into the water as flames took hold and thick black smoke billowed from the burning boat.

Passengers were later hauled to safety by rescue workers and crews on passing tour barges.

A woman and a child were taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation while further tourists were treated at the riverside.

A police source said the nature of the injuries 'could have been a lot worse'. Some 28 tourists and two members of crew were on a Sunday stricken cruise.

The boat suffered 33 per cent damaged by the fire, which broke out shortly before midday.

The fire service said it pulled 30 people from the water and had the blaze under control by 12.10pm.

Fire chief Neil Withers said: "A number of people jumped into the water but they were soon rescued, and fortunately at this stage it doesn't look like anyone's been seriously injured. …

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