More than 30 passengers aboard a popular duck boat that offers tours of Liverpool, England, scrambled into the water this past weekend after the Yellow Duckmarine began to sink after driving down a ramp and into the water.
Local emergency medical personnel said 33 people, including children, were aboard the amphibious craft when it went down Saturday.
Eighteen were taken to Royal Liverpool University Hospital for treatment, most of them for shock, but all were well enough to be discharged, according to a report by the Liverpool Echo. No one was trapped inside the vessel.
Pleasure boaters Jackie and Cyril Clark pulled 17 people out of the water.
“I just looked out of the window, and I saw it had stopped and looked like it was sinking,” Jackie Clark said. “It happened so quickly I don’t think people had time to put their life jackets on.”
It was the second time one of the World War II vessels had sank this year. An investigation has been ordered.
Click play for footage of the evacuation.
Amphibious vehicles have had their share of accidents in the United States, as well. In July 2010 a tugboat towing a barge crashed into a sightseeing duck boat on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, killing two tourists.
Matthew R. Devlin, 35, pleaded guilty in August 2011 to one count of misconduct of a ship operator causing death and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and three years on supervised release.
Devlin admitted he was distracted by his cellphone and laptop for an extended period of time before the collision; that he piloted the tug, the Caribbean Sea, from its lower wheelhouse, where he had significantly reduced visibility; and that he did not maintain a proper lookout or comply with other rules of seamanship, according to federal prosecutors.
The families of two Hungarian students who died reached a settlement in May 2012 with the tour boat operator and split $15 million.
In 1999, an unregulated duck boat sank in Hot Springs, Ark., killing 13 of the 20 people aboard.
In June 2002, a cruise on the Ottawa River in Ontario ended with the sinking of the Lady Duck, an amphibious vehicle converted from a Ford F-350 truck and powered by a sterndrive engine.
Six passengers, the driver and the tour guide escaped, but four passengers were trapped under the sunken vehicle's canopy and drowned.