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Thames pleasure cruiser crash investigation

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Media captionThe boat crashed into Canary Wharf Pier after its engine caught fire

An investigation has begun into a fire that caused a 300-tonne pleasure boat to crash into a pier on the Thames on Sunday.

The boat, which was carrying 151 people, veered off-course after a fire broke out in the engine room.

The crew managed to put out the fire but doing so meant the engine failed.

Nobody on board was injured following the crash at Canary Wharf Pier. The Port of London Authority is investigating.

A spokesman said: "We understand the crew of the boat promptly deployed the carbon dioxide fire suppression system fitted in the engine room.

"This appears to have very quickly and effectively extinguished the fire. However, the use of the fire suppression system stopped the engines and the boat consequently made heavy contact with the riverside wall near Canary Wharf.

"The crew of the boat dropped anchors at this point and made the vessel secure.

"All passengers were then safely evacuated from the boat with very effective and prompt assistance from two other passenger boats in the area."

Passengers and crew were taken off the ship by two other boats on the river. The pier was closed temporarily but has now re-opened.

Some 142 passengers and six crew were evacuated, while three crew remained on board.

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