Migrant boat catches fire at sea, forcing dramatic rescue

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By The Associated Press, May 30, 2017 

Passengers dive into water as flames quickly spread through crowded dinghy

Portuguese and Spanish rescue services have saved 34 migrants who leaped into the sea after their inflatable craft 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.

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