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The National Union for Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have responded to the cruise ship accident, which left five crew members dead, after a lifeboat fell from the cruise ship. RMT general secretary said:
Five crew members, who died after a lifeboat from a cruise ship, which fell into the sea at port in the Canary Islands, were all men.
Three of the crew members were from Indonesia, one was from the Philippines and the fifth was from Ghana.
One of the three injured was discharged from hospital, with the other two also expected to be allowed to leave shortly.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused the lifeboat to plummet into the water before capsizing.
Thomson Cruises have confirmed that several crew members from their cruise ship had died after falling overboard a cruise ship, during a routine emergency drill.
In a statement, the tour company said:
The Foreign Office have responded to an incident where five people died after a lifeboat fell from a cruise ship in the Canary Islands.
The ship's operator- UK-based tour company Thomson Cruises- said the incident in the port of Santa Cruz in La Palma involved the vessel's crew. A Foreign Office spokesman said:
Emergency services attended to a cruise ship accident where reportedly five crew members died after falling overboard a cruise ship, during a routine emergency drill.
Television images showed a small, white two-hulled lifeboat capsized beside the ship.
It was not immediately clear if there were any other people in the lifeboat when it crashed into the sea, or whether the Thomson Majesty ship had any passengers on it.
The first pictures that have emerged showing the Thomson Majesty cruise ship, on which five people died, show that one lifeboat still in the water.
Thomson Cruises has issued a statement after five crew members were reported to have died, falling overboard from one of their cruise ships in the Canary Islands. The UK firm said:
Five people who died after falling overboard a British-registered cruise ship, the Thomson Majesty, were members of the ship's crew, Spanish media Canaria Ahoras is reporting.
The crew members were conducting a routine rescue manoeuvre, when the cable crane of the lifeboat snapped, trapping all eight crew members under the hull of the small boat while it was carry out the emergency drill.
Five people who died after falling overboard from a cruise ship in the Canary Islands were on the British registered Thomson Majesty, Spanish national broadcaster RTVE are reporting.
The company ship said they would be making an "emergency" drill after a lifeboat fell into the sea.