Thomson Majesty liner: Five killed and three injured after lifeboat falls into sea off Canary Islands cruise ship

Five killed and three injured after lifeboat falls into sea off Canary Islands cruise ship carrying hundreds of Britons Thomson Majesty liner had arrived at La Palma port just three hours earlier It had come for stopover from Gran Canaria en route to Funchal in MadeiraEmergency exercise saw eight men fall 65ft from upper deck into the water By Mark Duell, KARL MCLAUGHLIN AND TOM WORDEN PUBLISHED: 16:00 GMT, 10 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 10 February 2013 A winter cruise holiday for hundreds of Britons in the Canary Islands was hit by tragedy today when five crew members died during a routine emergency drill. The Thomson Majesty liner had arrived in the port of the island of La Palma just three hours earlier from Gran Canaria for a six-hour stopover en route to Funchal, Madeira, when the incident occurred.