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Boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko rescued from the sea after yacht catches fire



Boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko said on Tuesday that his boat trip through Spain with family and friends ended abruptly after a fire occurred on board at the weekend.

Klitschko, a former champion who holds the highest heavyweight title record, said his group was evacuated from its yacht in the Mediterranean on Sunday night.

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He added in a tweet, "Be careful what you wish for: Destiny took my desire for a bit of # adrenaline literally and our boat trip on Sunday night ended up on our boat #igniting and family and friends being evacuated by the coast guard and fire rescue team. "

Former heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko said he needed to be rescued from his yacht that caught fire. (Photo by STR / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Former heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko said he needed to be rescued from his yacht that caught fire. (Photo by STR / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The rescue was captured on video.

"The boat was on fire, we're going outside," Klitschko said. "We are at sea being rescued from the Majorcan / Spanish fire department."

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Spain's Maritime Rescue Service responded to an emergency call but did not confirm whether it was really Klitschko and his group, citing privacy rules.

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A spokesman told the Associated Press news agency that the yacht was carrying nine people and that a fire was reported in the engine room, as it was about 10 miles off the coast near Mallorca. No one was injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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