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VIDEO: ‘I was scared the boat might blow’

A tour of London became a swim-for-your-life emergency when a duck boat caught fire on the River Thames.

"I was scared the boat might blow. It was scary,” passenger Donna Wood told BBC News after she jumped from the World War II-era amphibious landing vehicle, renovated for sightseeing.

In all, 30 people were rescued, including a half-dozen children, most of them pulled from the water. No serious injuries were reported.

"We're Australian, so we know how to swim,” Wood said. “But I've lost my bag with my passport, everything I need to get back to Australia."