Terrified tourists are forced to leap into shark-infested waters in the middle of the night after their sightseeing boat catches fire off the Galapagos islands

A group of terrified tourists had to jump into shark infested waters in the middle of the night after a fire started on their boat. The group of 16 vacationers and 11 crew members were on a tour of the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean at the time.

American Lisa Bartley, who works at Los Angeles ABC Station KABC, was on the trip with her friend Dana Kirk and filmed the scary incident, reports ABC.

A group of terrified tourists had to jump into shark infested waters after smoke started to fill their boat during a tour of the Galapagos Islands +5

Lisa praised the crew for how well they handled the situation Nurse Dana said she knew they would be ok once the life rafts deployed Journalist Lisa Bartley, left, was on the trip with her friend Dana Kirk, right, and filmed the scary incident. She said everything had been 'perfect' until this happened on the last night She explained how the boat filled with smoke during the last night of their trip and the group, which included a wedding party, had no choice but to jump.

Up until that point Lisa said everything had been 'perfect' and she revealed they had seen sharks in the water during the daytime...

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