5 Dead In Lifeboat Drill: Is Cruise Ship To Blame In Spain Accident? [REPORT]

By IScience Times Staff Reporter on February 10, 2013 4:55 PM EST

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After five were declared dead in a lifeboat accident in Spain, authorities are questioning how safe the drill was that took five lives and injured three. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Five are dead after a lifeboat drill went horribly wrong in Spain's Canary Islands during a safety drill.

As the five crew members were practicing on the British-operated cruise ship, the lifeboat fell upside down, killing five and injuring three. Around 1,400 passengers were on board, but none were involved in the accident.

Now terrified passengers are questioning who is to blame in the Thomson Cruises mess. Making an official announcement about the five dead in the lifeboat drill, Thomson Cruises said "there have sadly been five crew fatalities and three crew injuries," referring to the deaths that occurred by the Thomson Majesty ship on the island of La Palma.

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Investigators are now trying to assess what caused the deadly lifeboat drill accident. Rescue crews were called at 7:05 a.m. EST after "a lifeboat with occupants ad fallen overboard from a cruise ship docked at the pier of Santa Cruz port in La Palma," a government statement said.

The lifeboat that took the lives of five crew members, was a white, two-hulled boat. 

Originally, the Thomson ship was scheduled to leave Sunday afternoon. The ship was heading to a Portuguese port of Funchal on the mid-Atlantic island of Madeira.

The five people who died included three Indonesian men, one Filipino man and another man from Ghana, according to police. The injured men were transported by ambulance to a hospital in La Palma.

In deference to the men who were killed and injured during the lifeboat drill, authorities canceled Carnival activities that were supposed to occur on Sunday. All Carnival plans will resume on Monday.

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