London Fire Brigade

Boat blaze on the Thames

29 September 2013

The London Fire Brigade has dealt with a boat fire on the Thames today, Sunday 29 September. 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.

It’s thought there were around 30 people on the boat, which is thought to be a London Duck Tours boat, in total.

Group Manager for the London Fire Brigade, Neil Withers, who is at the scene, 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. People are clearly cold, wet and in shock but they were pulled from the water really quickly and that’s testament to the work of our firefighters, other emergency rescue teams and others who rushed to the scene to help.

“People were rescued by firefighters, the RNLI, police officers and other non-emergency boats were also nearby and assisted in the rescue operation.

“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.”

It’s thought the Port of London Authority will be investigating the incident.

The Brigade was called at 1155 and the fire was brought under control by 1210. Part of the boat was damaged by fire.

The Brigade said it had six fire engines, two fire rescue units and its fire boat at the scene.