What was supposed to be a nice float down the Thames Sunday ended up a mass panic when a London Duck Tour boat caught fire and forced 30 people to abandon ship before being rescued.
According to BBC News, the tourist vessel was near the Houses of Parliament when it caught fire. Several people jumped directly into the river, and all 28 passengers and two crew members were eventually rescued by emergency services and the help of another tourist boat passing by. Eyewitness footage provided to BBC News can be seen here.
The passengers who were on board are from all over the world and include visitors coming from the UK, Brazil, Russia, Australia, and Sweden. Five or six young children were reportedly on the boat as well. Three people were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, and others are dealing with some smoke inhalation, which is what caused some passengers to jump into the river.
Luckily, the river was at low tide at the time and was not very deep, according to the London Fire Brigade station manager.
There is no indication of just how the fire started at this time, but the local fire service and The Port of London Authority both plan to investigate.
Two other tourists boats have sunk in England this year. Tourists were rescued when a vessel went down in Liverpool's Albert Dock in March and then again in June. As a result, an operating license for "amphibious vehicles" was revoked in the port city.