It must have been terrifying for the passengers on The Cleopatra, one of the vessels used by London Duck Tours which burst into flames on Sunday on a tour on the Thames.
This is a large tourist vehicle, high off the ground and which is painted a distinctive yellow and travels around London as part of a sight seeing tour and then enters the Thames. A not dissimilar incident occurred involving similar vessels albeit that I understand a different company in Liverpool’s Albert Dock in June of this year where the yellow tourist vessel sank. This must have been equally terrifying for those on board. Fortunately in both cases I understand there were no serious injuries albeit that the passengers must have been extremely shocked.
Slater and Gordon are experts at helping people who have suffered an Injury in Public and has acted for a number of clients who were injured in various circumstances on board vessels, both as passengers and crew. Litigation is generally relatively straight forward however it does (as in this case should litigation ensue), involve issuing proceedings in the Admiralty Court and if anyone is injured both in respect of the accident in June of this year and also the accident on the 29th September claims can be brought.
I appreciate the actions are likely to involve mainly claims for psychiatric injury. That said, the psychiatric injuries can in themselves be serious given the nature of the incident, being stuck on a vessel in the Thames which is on fire and all indications are that many of those who were present were concerned that the vessel would ultimately explode.
For information purposes, the limitation period in such a claim is a period of two years from the incident date and legal proceedings must therefore be commenced in the Admiralty Court prior to the 29th September 2015 in respect of the most recent incident, failing which any such action cannot proceed as it will be considered to be out of time.
I remember seeing as a child photographs of vessels that were used in the Second World War which could be driven on land and could be steered in water and being fascinated when I saw the James Bond film “Spy Who Loved Me” and the Lotus Esprit used in that film to great effect.
Driving a vehicle on land into water is a great idea but clearly not without its hazards.