Lifeboat mishap claims five

SANTA CRUZ — Five crew members have died after a lifeboat they were in fell from a cruise ship docked in the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands.

The accident happened on the Majesty, operated by UK-based Thomson Cruises, during a routine safety drill.

Those killed include three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian. Three people were also hurt as the boat reportedly fell more than 20 metres into the sea.

The MS Majesty is believed to sail under a Maltese flag.

About 2,000 people were on board the cruise ship when the accident occurred around noon today.

Two of those injured are said to be Greek, and a third Filipino.

The UK Foreign Office said it was aware of the incident and was “urgently looking into it”.

No passengers were involved, local reports say.

Thomson Cruises said in a statement that it was “aware of an incident involving the ship’s crew on board Thomson Majesty, in La Palma, Canary Islands this afternoon”.

“We are working closely with the ship owners and managers, Louis Cruises, to determine exactly what has happened and provide assistance to those affected,” the statement added. (BBC)

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