34 mi­grants res­cued from blazing boat

Cape Breton Post - - News | World -

Por­tuguese and Span­ish res­cue ser­vices have saved 34 mi­grants who leaped into the sea af­ter their in­flat­able craft trav­el­ling from Morocco to Europe caught fire in the Mediter­ranean.

Video shot by a Por­tuguese Air Force plane shows the mi­grants wear­ing orange life vests jump­ing from the black dinghy af­ter flames erupted near the craft’s out­board mo­tor. The fire quickly spread and left burn­ing de­bris on the wa­ter. Some mi­grants clung to what was left of the rub­ber craft.

A Por­tuguese Air Force state­ment says there was no ob­vi­ous rea­son for the fire off the Span­ish coast Sunday. The state­ment is­sued Mon­day said none of the peo­ple in the dinghy were hurt.

The plane co-or­di­nated a res­cue ef­fort, drop­ping a life raft into the sea and sum­mon­ing a nearby fish­ing ves­sel. The state­ment said two Span­ish coast guard ves­sels also helped to pick up the mi­grants.

Por­tuguese of­fi­cials said the craft had come from the coast of Morocco. No de­tails were avail­able about the mi­grants’ na­tion­al­i­ties.

POR­TUGUESE AIR FORCE VIA AP

In this image taken from video footage re­leased by the Por­tuguese Air Force, mi­grants, wear­ing orange life vests, are seen in the wa­ter af­ter jump­ing from their dinghy, Sunday. Por­tuguese and Span­ish res­cue ser­vices have saved 34 mi­grants who leaped into the sea af­ter their in­flat­able craft trav­el­ing from Morocco to Europe caught fire in the Mediter­ranean.

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