5 people are dead following a lifeboat drill that turned in to a tragedy. On Feb. 10, Miami Herald reported that 5 crew members died during a routine drill. The accident happened in the Canary Islands when one of the lifeboats flipped upside down on a British-operated Thomson Majesty cruise ship.
There were approximately 1,400 passengers on board during the time of the accident but none of them were hurt. Three other crew members were injured but they are all expected to be okay. The ship was scheduled to leave port on Sunday but the voyage has been delayed until Monday. The boat is expected to arrive in Portugal a day later than previously scheduled.
The bodies of the 5 dead in the lifeboat drill have been presumably been recovered. The small, white two-hulled lifeboat was capsized next to the ship when authorities and rescuers arrived at the scene. There may have been a faulty cable or this accident could be a result of human error. At this point, investigators are still working to find out what went wrong.
"Three of the dead were Indonesian men, one was a Filipino man and another was a man from Ghana, authorities said. The injured were all men, two aged 30 and another, a Greek national, was 32. They were taken by ambulance to the general hospital of La Palma," Miami Herald reported.
The names of the 5 dead in lifeboat drill have not been released.
© Effie Orfanides 2013