Thomson cancels rest of Canary Islands cruise after fatal accident

By Tom Stieghorst
Thomson Cruises said it has canceled the balance of a seven-night cruise after a lifeboat accident in the Canary Islands.

Five crew were killed and three injured when a lifeboat fell 65 feet to the water during a training exercise.

The Thomson Majesty left Tenerife on Feb. 8 on an itinerary that included Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands; Funchal, Madeira; Agadir, Morocco; and Arrecife, Canary Islands.

The ship, with 1,498 passengers, has remained in La Palma, Canary Islands, since the Sunday accident.

"Discussions with the relevant authorities are still ongoing," a Thomson statement said, "and in the absence of a guaranteed departure time, we have regrettably taken the decision to cancel the remainder of this cruise."

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