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London tourists jump from boat to escape fire

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London tourists jump from boat to escape fire

Passengers were forced to jump into London’s River Thames on Sunday to escape a fire on board a tourist boat .

Up to 30 people were rescued from the water as flames engulfed the front of the vessel which was passing near the Houses of Parliament at the time.

The bright yellow amphibious buses, known as Ducks were originally used during World War Two as landing craft to transport soldiers and cargo in areas where the docks had been destroyed.

No one was seriously hurt and the cause of the fire is as yet unknown.

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