Five killed in Thomson Majesty safety drill

By Jerry Limone
Five crew members on the Thomson Majesty were killed during a safety drill on Sunday in the Canary Islands, confirmed Thomson Cruises.

According to reports, cables supporting a lifeboat snapped with crew members in it, and the lifeboat plunged into the water, trapping crew members beneath it. The ship was docked in La Palma when the incident occurred.

Three crew members were injured and have since been discharged from the hospital and are back onboard the ship, Thomson Cruises said. No passengers were hurt.

The 20-year-old ship is owned and managed by Cyprus-based Louis Cruises, and leased to Thomson.

“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 are cooperating fully with their investigations,” said Thomson Cruises, a U.K.-based cruise line.
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