He went on: "As this report is published, I am encouraged that the MCA and DUKW
operators are working closely together to devise a framework for safely operating amphibious vehicles in the future.
We got dive bombed by the Germans once, and we lost one of the DUKWs
," he said.
When an amphibious truck or DUKW
(pronounced duck) carrying ammunition was hit and exploded, a rain of falling ordnance pelted the beach.
The tours began in April 2001 using the wartime DUKW
vehicles called Wacker Quacker I and Wacker Quacker II, taking people around the city centre before splashing into the dock lands water system.
Captain Steve Clinch said: "Although one accident involved the sinking of a DUKW
as a result of flooding, and the other involved a fire, the link between both events is the foam inserted into the DUKWs
to provide buoyancy.
, known as Duck, is code for: D = designed in 1942 U = utility vehicle K = front wheel drive W = two rear drive axles
Dad explained the bus was an amphibious craft used in the D-Day landings in 1944 and originally known as a DUKW
He drove a DUKW
, which was a six-wheel truck designed to transport goods and troops over land and water, while in the training regiment.
Aboard a converted amphibious Second World War DUKW
you get a whistle-stop tour of the city centre, the waterfront and docks with a superb splashdown into Salthouse Dock as the vehicle transforms from road truck to boat.
landing craft came alongside the ship, pitching and tossing in the heavy swell.
Travel to and from the mainland at West Beach by duck (nickname for amphibious WWII DUKW
landing craft) or splash along the causeway at low tide.
The new Ride the Ducks (an amphibious sightseeing tour aboard a converted 1945 Army DUKW
vessel), had its best city launch ever.