Sadly, five are dead after a lifeboat drill Sunday in Spain's Canary Islands. Sources say a life raft fell some 30 meters into the water, capsized and killed five crew members, while injuring three others. Although 1,400 passengers were aboard the docked cruise liner at the time of the drill, none were injured aboard the Thompson Cruises vessel.
In a Feb. 10 update New York Post reports that investigators are hard at work trying to determine why the British-operated ship's lifeboat fell and killed five during the safety drill.
What began as a regular day for setting sail turned out to be a maritime disaster and a shock for passengers aboard the docked ship off the island of La Palma.
Early reports say that the ship’s crew was performing routine safety drills aboard the cruise ship when the lifeboat suddenly fell. Several people were inside the raft at the time it hit the water upside down.
The five dead in the lifeboat drill accident were not identified, but authorities say the nationalities were as follows: One from Ghana, one from the Philippines and three from Indonesia. The three injured were all men.
In light of the accident, Carnival festivities on La Palma were moved to Monday.