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Dramatic scenes as five escape boat explosion 

PAGE 8 DRAMATIC SCENES

This was the dramatic scene after a boat exploded off the beach of Puerto Colon and its occupants escaped with their lives.

The five, aged between 25 and 45, were either flung or had to jump into the sea.

The four women and one man were all taken to hospital with varying degrees of injuries.

A spokesman for the 112 emergency control centre said they had to be rescued from the water following the drama off the marina of Puerto Colon in Costa Adeje. Some reports said it was a diving vessel but it is understood to have been a fibre-glass pleasure boat.

The flames and thick plume of black smoke was visible for miles around as holiday-makers watched from the beaches of nearby Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. Other boats helped to bring the five wounded occupants back to land.

Medics described their injuries as “moderate”.

The one man, aged 45, and a 25-year-old woman both suffered back injuries. Another woman, aged 27, had cuts and bruises and the two other women, aged 35 and 27, hurt their legs. All were taken to Hospiten Sur in the south of the island.

The boat was engulfed in flames and though the fire was out by Maritime Rescue, it later sunk.

A full investigation was immediately opened.