Cruise Ship Leaves La Palma Following Tragedy

February 11, 2013

The Thomson cruise ship Majesty, is due to set sail today for Funchal, Madeira, following yesterday’s tragic accident.

Five crew members lost their lives and three others were injured when an, apparently, routine lifeboat drill went tragically wrong.

The crew members were aboard the lifeboat when a cable snapped, leaving the boat hanging vertically, until the second of the two cables, used to lower the boat, also snapped, sending them and the boat plunging some 20m into the sea.

The ship was docked in Santa Cruz de La Palma at the time and no passengers were involved in the incident.

The victims have been identified only as three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian.

The Thomson Majesty is operated by British company Thomson Cruises and caters to, mostly, British passengers, cruising the Canaries, Morocco and Madeira.