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Sallyann1234
29th Sep 2013, 13:32
I thought they had all been withdrawn from service after previous incidents. Apparently not!

BBC News - Thirty tourists rescued from boat fire on River Thames (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24323395)

UniFoxOs
29th Sep 2013, 13:35
I think it was only the Liverpool ones that were withdrawn. ISTR seeing one in London since the last Liverpool incident.

G-CPTN
29th Sep 2013, 14:33
Thames Duck Boat Fire: 30 Pulled From River (http://news.sky.com/story/1147910/thames-duck-boat-fire-30-pulled-from-river)

TURIN
29th Sep 2013, 14:47
Someone stole the wheels off the Liverpool ones?


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Keef
29th Sep 2013, 14:58
You mean ... It's not
DieselÜberseeKraftWagen?

I'm disappointed :(

Sallyann1234
29th Sep 2013, 15:56
Basil - just as well it wasn't invented two years later.

VP959
29th Sep 2013, 16:09
You mean ... It's not
DieselÜberseeKraftWagen?


I'm pretty sure they all have petrol V8s driving them, at least the one operated by the French navy that I had the misfortune to take a short trip on was.

On that occasion we were crossing to a floating trials platform in a lake near Castellane when the engine stopped. This had the unfortunate effect of stopping the bilge pumps, which had previously been chucking quite a lot of water over the side. As we gradually settled lower and lower in the water, the mechanic/coxwain lifted the engine cover and proceeded to fiddle around to try and get it started.

Needless to say he had the obligatory Gitanes hanging out of his mouth as he lent over and squirted petrol directly into the carburettor to try and get it going again. Just as we were donning lifejackets and preparing to get wet, he got it started, a healthy torrent of rusty water started issuing from the bilge pump outlet and we made our way safely to the platform.

I learned two things about DUKWs from that brief experience; they are unreliable and they leak like sieves. I'm not at all surprised at the incidents we've seen with these things, just amazed that they have been allowed to carry fare paying passengers.

racedo
29th Sep 2013, 17:30
Exactly 12 months to the day we went on one to celebrate littlies birthday..............was enjoyable :D

However when entering the Thames it was at the side of the building beside M15 Building on Albert Emankment the driver had to give way to a Thames River Pilot under same ancient agreement.............Pilot was such a ball of fun and interesting NOT.

It was nice and pleasant but scary when driving straight into the water and not hitting brakes.

mixture
29th Sep 2013, 18:13
M15 Building on Albert Emankment

MI6 actually. MI5 wouldn't be seen dead South of the river. :cool:

G-CPTN
29th Sep 2013, 18:47
VESSEL FIRE NEAR WESTMINSTER.

Passengers were rescued from the River Thames today after a passenger vessel caught fire.
All the people on board the vessel have been accounted for and no serious injuries have been reported.

At 11.56am the passenger vessel Cleopatra with 30 people on board contacted the Port of London Authority and requested assistance from London Fire Brigade's boat.
London Coastguard was immediately alerted to the incident and requested the assistance of vessels in the area and the launch of both Tower and Chiswick RNLI lifeboats.

The vessel suffered a fire on board and passengers evacuated the vessel into waist deep water between Lambeth Bridge and Westminster Bridge.
Seconds later three commercial RHIBs nearby attended and recovered people from the water and landed them at a nearby pontoon.
London Fire Brigade's boat was also on scene and the fire was extinguished.

Tower and Chiswick RNLI lifeboats and the Police helicopter searched the water to ensure nobody was unaccounted for in the water.
Soon afterwards it was confirmed that everyone from the vessel was safely ashore and accounted for and no serious injuries are reported.

The vessel has been towed to Lacks Dock where it will be removed from the water.
The incident has been reported to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, (MAIB).

mixture
29th Sep 2013, 19:51
Tower and Chiswick RNLI lifeboats and the Police helicopter searched the water to ensure nobody was unaccounted for in the water.

On the assumption the boat operator knew how many passengers were on board in the first place, that's a bit of an OTT use of resources ?

racedo
29th Sep 2013, 20:20
On the assumption the boat operator knew how many passengers were on board in the first place, that's a bit of an OTT use of resources ?

Nope as being able to correctly verify the numbers within a couple of minutes is always difficult as numbers are spread out across boats etc.

mixture
29th Sep 2013, 21:19
How often do both lifeboats, the police and fire boats, and the police helicopter get to work together

On the Thames ? More often than you think, I suspect.

Starting with the jumpers, and working your way upwards.

Nope as being able to correctly verify the numbers within a couple of minutes is always difficult as numbers are spread out across boats etc.


Fair enough, makes a bit more sense, although those ducks only carry a dozen people or so anyway, so a bit of radio work might have done the trick.

I guess as ludgar says, they were all sent to the party, so might as well have some fun.

racedo
29th Sep 2013, 21:40
Fair enough, makes a bit more sense, although those ducks only carry a dozen people or so anyway, so a bit of radio work might have done the trick

bit more than 12 close to 40

mixture
29th Sep 2013, 22:02
bit more than 12 close to 40


Heh... maybe its because I've only ever seen a dozen unsuspecting punters sitting in them whenever I've seen them.:E

Surprised they can manage to cram 40 in, must be quite compact seating arrangement.

Oh well. Thanks for the clarification.

fenland787
29th Sep 2013, 22:10
They could combine the London and Liverpool DUKW technologies and produce a self-extinguishing version?

G-CPTN
30th Sep 2013, 13:50
BBC News - London Duck Tours suspends River Thames trips after fire (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24328708)

Thirty people were rescued from the London Duck Tours craft Cleopatra on Sunday afternoonThat would be 28 passengers and two crew.