A lifeboat being used on a safety drill aboard the Thomson Cruises’ cruise Vessel Thomson Majesty in Spain’s Canary Islands fell about 65 feet into a port on Sunday when a cable snapped, trapping crew members beneath it. Five crewmembers were killed in the accident and three more were injured. None of the hundreds of passengers aboard the British-operated vessel were involved in the accident.
Divers raced to the lifeboat, which had hit the water upside down, recovering four bodies and trying without success to revive a fifth crewman who had stopped breathing. The three injured crew members were taken by ambulance to a hospital in La Palma, and are said to be not badly hurt.
The ship docked at the island’s port of Santa Cruz in the morning, after arriving there from the neighboring island of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It was due to depart at 3 p.m. for Funchal on the mid-Atlantic island of Madeira with 1,498 passengers and 594 crew aboard.