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Thomson Majesty cruise ship accident leaves five dead

Five crew have been killed and three others injured after a lifeboat they were in fell from a cruise ship docked in the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands during a routine safety drill.

Those killed include three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian.

The ship, believed to be the MS Thomson Majesty, is operated by UK-based Thomson Cruises.

The BBC's Tom Burridge says Spanish media reports suggest that a winch lowering the boat broke or became loose, causing it to plummet.

  • 10 Feb 2013