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Terrified tourists were forced to jump overboard after their boat caught on fire in the middle of the sea in Thailand.

Tourists leaped into the water off the coast of Thailand near the island of Koh Tao – also known as ‘Death Island’.

Shocking video captured the moment holidaymakers escaped the flames this morning.

Black smoke from the boat (Credit: Viral Press)

Backpackers were crammed onto The Ko Jaroen 2 ferry after a blaze erupted in its engine room just a few meters away at about 6.30am local time.

The vessel had 97 passengers on board alongside 11 crew members, a local rescue agency said in a statement.

No injuries or deaths were reported after the incident which happened as the boat was about one nautical mile away from Koh Tao.

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