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Brits flee holiday boat fire.

Byline: GERARD COUZENS

By Gerard COUZenS A GROUP of British tourists on a dolphin-watching trip cheated death when they were rescued as their boat burst into flames and sank.

Five of the 26 holidaymakers were hurt jumping into a life raft as the vessel capsized off Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria, Spain. Several others had to be treated for hypothermia, shock and smoke inhalation after being picked up by nearby boats.

Disaster struck when an electrical fault sent flames through the engine room. Passenger David Masters, 32, from Birmingham, said: "It was terrifying. We were so close to the flames I could feel the heat on my skin. I was worried there would be an explosion."

The boat, called Liberty, sank within five minutes. Captain Jacob Afonso said: "It happened so quickly. The boat went up in flames and there was little we could do. It could easily have ended in a major tragedy."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2011
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