1 Jun, 2017 @ 09:50
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WATCH: Dramatic moment migrants forced to abandon rubber boat after it caught fire off Spain’s southern coast

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THIS is the moment more than 30 migrants were forced to abandon their dinghy as it caught fire off of Spain’s southern coast.

The video, released by EU border agency Frontex, shows 34 migrants jumping ship when flames suddenly erupted on their black rubber boat and spread rapidly.

Frontex’s maritime surveillance notified Spanish coastguards, who sent a helicopter and several boats to the area southwest of Alboran Island between Morocco and Spain.

The migrants, whose nationalities were not disclosed, were taken to the port of Motril in Granada.

A fisherman sailing in the area also helped in the rescue effort.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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