Five are dead in a lifeboat drill and three others are injured following a freak accident that took place on the Thomson Majesty ship off the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands on Sun., Feb. 10, 2013. All eight people dead or injured in the drill were crew members. Although there were 1,400 passengers on board, none of them were involved in the incident, according to U.S. News.
The five dead in the lifeboat drill perished when a lifeboat on the British cruise ship toppled over and landed upside down in the water. Of the three crew members injured in the accident, one was treated and released at a local hospital in La Palma while the other two were expected to be discharged as well.
All of the victims, the three who were injured and the five who are dead, in the lifeboat drill were male. Their names have not been released, but they comprised men from Greece, the Philippines, Ghana and Indonesia.
The cause of the freak accident is still under investigation.