Five die in lifeboat accident on cruise ship in Canary Islands

MADRID. February 11. KAZINFORM Five people died and three more were injured on Sunday following an accident in a cruise liner moored in the port at Santa Cruz de La Palma in the Spanish Canary Islands.

The five victims were all crew members of the cruise liner, Thomson Majesty. They lost their lives when a lifeboat they were in fell from the side of the ship during an emergency lifeboat drill, dropping 30 meters into the sea. They include three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian citizen.

Emergency services recovered the bodies of the victims and the injured from the sea, while the Spanish Guardia Civil, (Civil Guard) have begun investigations into the cause of the incident.

The liner belongs to the British company Thomson Cruises, based in Tenerife, although it sails under a Maltese flag and was carrying around 2,000 passengers, none of whom were hurt in the incident.

Thomson cruises issued a statement over the incident, expressing condolences to the victims and promising full cooperation with the authorities, Xinhua informs.

"We are working closely with the ship owners and managers, Louis Cruises, to determine exactly what has happened and provide assistance to those affected by the incident. We are also working closely with all relevant authorities and will be co-operating fully with their investigations," said the company.

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