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Five injured in Tenerife boat explosion

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Five injured in Tenerife boat explosion
Five people have been injured after their boat exploded in Tenerife (Picture:Twitter/@PhilippaHather/ Reuters)

Five people have been injured in Tenerife after a pleasure boat they were on exploded and flung them into the sea.

The four women and one man are believed to be tourists, but their nationalities have not been released.

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People from a nearby yacht pulled them from the water as thick black smoke billowed out from the burning vessel off the popular 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 smoke were visible for miles around as holidaymakers watched from the beaches of nearby Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos.

Five injured in Tenerife boat explosion
A coast guard helicopter searched for more survivors (Picture: Twitter/@PhilippaHather/Reuters)
Five injured in Tenerife boat explosion
The boat sank once the flames were extinguished (Picture:Twitter/@1-1-2 Canarias/Reuters)

The man, 45, and a 25-year-old woman both suffered back injuries.

Another woman, 27, had cuts and bruises and the two other women, aged 35 and 27, hurt their legs.

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All were taken to a hospital in the south of the island.

None of them are believed to be in danger, with medics describing their injuries as ‘moderate’.

The coast guard helicopter searched for more victims, but thankfully everyone on board was reported safe.

The boat sank after maritime officers rescue workers were able to extinguish the fire.

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