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5 Dead in Lifeboat Drill (Video)

By Staff
Feb 10, 2013

Five people are dead in Lifeboat drill accident on a British-operated cruise ship Thomson Majesty in Santa Cruz port of the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain.

Three crew members were injured when the lifeboat fell into the sea.

About 1,400 passengers were on board, but none were involved in the accident.

Rescue personnel were called to the dockside after "a lifeboat with occupants had fallen overboard from a cruise ship docked at the pier of Santa Cruz port in La Palma," a regional government statement said.

The lifeboat appears to have fallen into the water from '20-30 meters' while being lowered into the water during during an emergency drill.

One report speculates that a winch may have malfunctioned in some way causing the lifeboat to plunge into the sea.

Watch a video below for more information.

 

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