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Duck danger: report highlights British tour safety issues

A Duck tours amphibious vehicles on the river Thames.
A Duck tours amphibious vehicles on the river Thames. Image by Jim Linwood / CC BY 2.0

A report has found poor maintenance was to blame for incidents involving Duck amphibious vehicles in London and Liverpool in 2013. The vessels, which can travel on road and water, are popular for tours in several European cities. Two Ducks sank in Liverpool and another caught fire on the Thames in London. The report blamed a failure to meet standards, with too little buoyancy material used in the ageing vessels. Liverpool operators the Yellow Duck Marine are no longer in business, while London Duck Tours have made safety improvements. Read more: bbc.co.uk