Visit just about any major city on the water, and you're sure to find duck boats taking tourists out for a different view of the city. The safety of these land and sea vehicles have been questioned following some high-profile accidents including a fatal collision with a barge in Philadelphia back in 2010. Over the weekend, a duck boat in Liverpool, England sank just after entering the water. Fortunately, all 31 passengers managed to escape without serious injury, though 17 passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

A man was able to capture the boat sinking on video, but he obviously failed to realize the severity of the situation as he laughs while passengers jump into the frigid water. Fortunately, a nearby boat quickly sprung to action and showed up on scene just as the amphibious vehicle was fully submerged. The Herald Scotland reports that the company that owned this particular duck boat also had another vessel sink back in March with no passengers aboard. After that incident, the company's fleet of duck boats was ordered to stay out of the water, but it isn't clear what (if anything) changed before this latest accident occurred. Scroll down for some videos of the incident including a news report, first-hand amateur video and another video that allegedly shows this very boat struggling to get out of the water in the past.






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      Army Casualty
      • 1 Year Ago
      A DUKW is a US WWII amphibious landing vehicle that was built on a 6x6 truck chassis. After their initial use for landing at D-Day, they were used extensively throughout the western european theater as straight up convoy trucks, as that is essentially what they were, built with a watertight body good enough to get them from ship to shore, then drive on deep into the countryside. US Infantry in fact preferred their smoother and less stiff ride to the standard GMC 6x6 Army transport used throughout both theaters. It is in fact a vehicle and belongs on autoblog, and is not primarily a boat. Calling a duck boat is pretty... lame shall we say, (ok, ignorant) for something as technical as this site. Just like the GP became colloquially known as the "Jeep," the DUKW (not an acronym) was colloquially called a "duck." The fact that it could float was coincidence. Whomever authored this autoblog article does not seem to know all the relevant history, however. Twould be nice if they did, then they could write this article with the usual authority they employ. The reasons DUKW's are dangerous is A) they are old so have to be *meticulously* maintained--they were never designed to last more than a few months to a year, and B) they were not designed for prolonged use in water, (just one landing and maybe a river crossing or two, but usually not even that) and certainly not designed for use in heavy currents, especially counter currents.
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Army Casualty
        Every once in awhile you read about a DUKW sinking somewhere; back in 1999 one sank in Hot Springs, Arkansas - 13 out of 20 aboard drowned.
      erzhik
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the second vid, did that rescue boat drive over someone in the left bottom corner?
        Go2Fast
        • 1 Year Ago
        @erzhik
        I was wondering the same thing. Guys finger covers it up though.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      This belongs in www.boatblog.com
        frostillicus80
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe shmoe
        Agreed. I don\'t want to be one of those guys, but this has absolutely nothing to do with automobiles of any kind...
          Poe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @frostillicus80
          As with the occasional motorcycle-related posts on here... if you're not interested in it, ignore it and keep your pie hole shut. I, for one, found it very interesting - and I'm sure I'm not alone. Thanks for posting it, AutoBlog.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @frostillicus80
          It's also an automobile. It's an amphibious vehicle used in WWII.
          Army Casualty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @frostillicus80
          Scroll up and see my post for a better understanding of the "duck."
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe shmoe
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          Go2Fast
          • 1 Year Ago
          I'm with these guys. I've take the Duck tour of Cincinnati and you drive more than your boat on that tour.