Duck Boat Fire Rescue on the Thames River

Smoking: Passengers are rescued from the roof of a smoking London Duck Tours amphibious vehicle by a speedboat on the River Thames, close to Westminster

Smoking: Passengers are rescued from the roof of a smoking London Duck Tours amphibious vehicle by a speedboat on the River Thames, close to Westminster

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Duck Boat passengers jump into the Thames after amphibious craft sets on fire and starts sinking near the Houses of Parliament.

Clambering to the back of the boat, passengers frantically try to escape the billowing black smoke threatening to engulf them.Tourists including children as young as six are forced to jump overboard as flames erupt and quickly spread.

This is the moment a trip along the Thames came to a sudden and terrifying end yesterday.

A London Duck Tours boat caught fire opposite the Houses of Parliament just before midday, leaving those on board with no option but to evacuate.

Many leapt into the water, while others clung to the edge of the sinking vessel. Rescue workers and crews on passing tour barges helped haul 30 people to safety.

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