A boat got engulfed in flames and ‘blew up’ along the river Thames in Twickenham, London and Passengers had to jumped overboard to save their lives.
According to eyewitnesses, the flames were seen rising from the 20-foot river cruiser that was completely destroyed in the inferno.
The London Fire Brigade were called to the scene at 3.17 pm on Saturday, September 21st and by 4.42 pm the blaze was under control.
Eight people were rescued in the water by a private boat before the fire brigade got there.
Confirming the news, the London Ambulance Service revealed that three people with minor injuries were taken to a hospital.
The London Ambulance Service spokesman said;
“we were called at 3.16pm on September 21 to Orleans Road, Twickenham, to reports of a fire on a boat on the River Thames. We dispatched a number of resources to the scene including two incident response officers, an advanced paramedic and our hazardous area response team (HART). We assessed three people with minor injuries and took one to hospital.”
Dormer X Factor contestant Rhydian Roberts, who came second place in series four, filmed the incident and shared it on Twitter saying;
“just watched a boat blow up on the Thames near Twickenham. Happened so fast. Some minor injuries but all on board are now safe! I look this pic after a while. Unbelievable how quickly it went. Dramatic here.”