Spain Cruise Ship Fatalities

An accident during a cruise ship safety drill has left five people dead and postponed Carnival celebrations in one popular port.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig has the story:

Spain Cruise Ship Fatalities

The five men, all crewmen on the Thomson Majesty, were killed when a lifeboat fell more than 60 feet off the side of the ship, landing upside down in the waters below.

(Sound of helicopter over the scene)

Hours after the accident, helicopters continued to fly overhead as part of the investigation.  The accident happened during a stop in Spain's Canary Islands, where Carnival celebrations were postponed on Sunday.  Three more crewmen were injured, but none of the 1400 or so passengers aboard were injured.

Spain Cruise Ship Fatalities

Crew lifeboat drills like this are common during port calls.  The Thomson Majesty was christened in 1992 and sailed 12 years for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.