Three tourists in hospital after Duck Tours boat catches fire on River Thames


Three people have been taken to hospital after a Duck Tours boat caught fire on the River Thames in London. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO

Around 30 tourists, including young children, were rescued by speedboats and taken to a London Fire Brigade pier on Sunday.

According to ITV News, most of the passengers were holidaymakers from Holland, Sweden and Brazil.

The passengers were forced to jump into the water when the boat burst into flames.

Sky News reports that a woman and child were taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation. The third person suffered a minor head injury.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

In a statement, the London Fire Brigade said: "The incident happened on the river right next to the Houses of Parliament.

"Firefighters from the Brigade's fire boat and firefighters on the land extinguished the blaze and around 30 people who had jumped into the water were quickly rescued."

Group Manager for the London Fire Brigade, Neil Withers, who was at the scene said: "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 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."

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