Five dead during a drill on a cruise ship docked in La Palma

Last February 10th an accident took place in the Thomson Magesty Cruise ship from Louis Cruises, while on port of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Five died as a result of the boat falling to the water upside down, due to the rupture of the boat´s bow falling from 20 meters high, when one of the cables that held the boat to the box split, and left the boat vertically suspended until the other broke out also unable to support the weight, and the boat hit the water upside down with the sailors in. The accident occurred while performing an emergency drill.

All victims were members of the crew, Mappaita Ngandro, age 60 original from Palopo (Indonesia); Kamaluddin, age 56, original from Jene Ponto (Indonesia); Hasan, age 34, from Yakarta (Indonesia); Jubilie Tangog,  46years old, from Philipines); and Abotsigah Gabriel Harry Kwame,  54, national from Ghana.

There were also 3 injured crew members, 2 greek nationals and 1 philipino. They have been already released from hospital and are in the cruise ship now, which remains docked in the port.

Accidents and deaths in cruise ships are not uncommon. Most of the accidents are not reported thus not being able to claim for the deserved compensation. If you have been the victim of an accident or a loved one died due to negligence during a cruise trip, you should immediately contact a Lawyer to know your rights and make sure you get the maximum compensation for your loss or damaged caused.

The Thomson Magesty is based on the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, from where the route usually takes seven days and on calling at Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Funchal (Madeira), Agadir (Morocco), Arrecife de Lanzarote, and returns to the capital of Tenerife.

The judge has already granted the cruise permission to leave, but before that it needs the approval from Malta´s authorities, where the boat  is flagged and registered. This authorization is needed as the ship has lost one of its rescue elements, although, the remaining lifeboats exceed the required ratio, thus it is estimated that the permit will be granted soon. 

So far, 1,498  of the cruise passengers, mostly British, were allowed to disembark and have set the time back on board at 3pm of the 11th of February .

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