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An accident during a safety training exercise in Spain’s Canary islands has killed five men and left three others injured.

A lifeboat fell from a cruise ship and capsized in the port of Santa Cruz on the island of La Palma.

Police say cables snapped during the safety drill and the boat plummeted 20 metres into the water.

Three of the dead were Indonesian, one was from the Philippines and the other from Ghana, according to the authorities. Two of the injured are Greek, the third Filipino.

The cruise ship, the Thomson Majesty, is operated by the British-based Thomson cruises. The parent company is the international leisure group TUI Travel.

The ship is described on the firm’s website as being the latest addition to the fleet. It is reported to have been due to sail to the Portuguese island of Madeira.

More than 2,000 passengers were on board but none of them were not involved in the accident.

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