As per reports, panic struck a 20-foot boat, sailing on River Thames which then exploded and caught fire. Eight people jumped overboard. The eight people were then saved by a private boat nearby with The Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, and London Ambulances assisting when the boat blew up near Twickenham at about 3:15 PM on September 21. One person was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries. A similar incident happened earlier this year in July when a Cruiser rammed into a central London Bridge.
Reportedly, At about 3:15 pm local time, police and medical authorities got calls on September 21 from Orleans Road, Twickenham of a boat being on fire on the River Thames. The boat later exploded with eight people jumping overboard and be rescued by a private boat. Authorities later assisted the people around. A video of the incident has been posted on Twitter by musician Rhydian Roberts who happened to be around in the area at that time.
Sure. Here’s a video too pic.twitter.com/lay9p2vQJ7— Rhydian Roberts (@RhydianMusic) September 21, 2019
According to reports, A London ambulance spokesperson said that they were called at 3:16 PM on September 21 to Twickenham to respond to the incident of fire on the boat on the River Thames. He further revealed that a significant quantity of assets was dispatched to area which included two incident response officers, an advanced paramedic, and a hazardous area response team.
However, this is not the first time an incident has happened upon River Thames this year. As per earlier reports, In July, earlier this year a boat with tourists onboard rammed into the Westminster Bridge on River Thames when Emergency services were called after a City Cruisers boat had hit the underside of a London bridge in the late afternoon. Witnesses reportedly, said that passengers aboard were screaming as the ship slammed into the structure, and then photos were circulating on social media which purportedly showed that boat was stuck on the river near Houses of Parliament.