Former heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko was rescued from a burning yacht in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Spain by the Spanish coast guard.
Klitschko, 43, took to Twitter to reveal the incident which happened off the coast of Majorca on Sunday night. He also revealed that his family members were safe.
A total of nine people were rescued by Spain’s Maritime rescue services following the fire in the boat’s engine room.
Be careful what you wish for: fate took my wish for “some #adrenalin” a bit too literally and our boat-trip Sunday night ended up in our boat #igniting and family & friends being evacuated by coast guard and fire rescue-team. No worries: we are all fine! #theroofisonfire #song😱 pic.twitter.com/sGN7xfG5JM
— Klitschko (@Klitschko) June 25, 2019
He wrote on Twitter: “Our boat-trip Sunday night ended up in our boat #igniting and family & friends being evacuated by coast guard and fire rescue-team.”
He later took to Instagram and explained in details as to what exactly happened: “If you are wondering what happened to my family & friends and me while being on a chartered boat from Ibiza to Mallorca early Monday morning, let me state: we are all fine!
“We were in rough water and suddenly recognized fire – about 7 sea-miles from the coastline.
“It took a while until the situation got under control, but we could count on helping hands from the Majorcan coast guard and fire rescue. Thanks to all of them!
“All of you: Be careful what you wish for – as this time fate took my wish for “some adrenalin during the weekend” a bit too literally.” Wladimir wrote.
Wladimir Klitschko is widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight champions of this era. He last fought against Anthony Joshua at the Wembley Stadium in April of 2017, where he lost via TKO in the tenth round. Before that he lost his titles to Tyson Fury back in 2015.
Before losing to Fury, the Ukrainian champ ruled the division undefeated for more than a decade.