Klitschko rescued from burning yacht in Spain

Wladimir Klitschko and his family have been rescued from a burning yacht in Spain. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed he was rescued from a burning yacht with his family in Spain.

Klitschko, 43, posted a video on his Twitter account which showed emergency officials at the scene on Sunday.

Klitschko confirmed that his family were safe thanks to the great work of the Spanish coastguard.

Whilst recording the video, the Ukrainian said: "We're in the sea, getting rescued from the Spanish fire department. The boat was on fire and we're hanging outside."

The former boxer also took to Instagram to explain what happened to him, family and friends while at sea.

"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!," he wrote.

"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 Majorcan coast guard and fire rescue. Thanks to all of them!"

Klitschko retired from boxing two years ago after his defeat to Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium in April 2017.

The Ukrainian was also defeated by Tyson Fury in his previous title bout in 2015.