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article imageFather, daughter killed jumping into sea to escape Spain fire

By Darren Weir     Jul 23, 2012 in World
A French family of five, returning from vacation, were forced to abandon their car and jump off a 50 meter cliff to escape a forest fire racing toward them.
The Toronto Star reports, the family was among about 150 tourists who were forced to get out of their cars and run for their lives. The group scrambled down the hillsides toward the beach but the family of five got separated from the group and ended up on a cliff with no way out. Portbou, Spain Deputy Mayor Elisabet Cortaba tells the Associated Press, "The fire started to close in on them and they couldn't climb up or climb down." "The only way out was to jump into the sea."
The 60-year-old father died instantly after landing on rocks, and his 15-year-old daughter drowned. The mother is in critical condition with a back injury, and the other two children are okay. They were all rescued by Portbou boaters.
Many of the other tourists suffered injuries ranging from burns to broken bones but made it safely to the beach.
Two other French people were killed over the weekend by the fires in northeastern Spain that have burned 90 square kilometers (35 square miles).
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