Five Killed In THOMSON MAJESTY Life Boat Accident

LOUIS MAJESTY at Genoa, photo © Peter Knego, February 2010
THOMSON MAJESTY (shown as LOUIS MAJESTY) at Genoa, photo © Peter Knego, February 2010.

The 1992-built, 32,396-gt THOMSON MAJESTY (ex BIRKA QUEEN, ROYAL MAJESTY, NORWEGIAN MAJESTY, LOUIS MAJESTY), operated by the British-based Thomson Holidays, was the setting in which five crew members perished while conducting an emergency drill at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The five crew, who hailed from The Philippines, Indonesia and Ghana were killed when a lifeboat detached during a safety drill, plunging them 65 feet into the harbor waters. Two Greek nationals and one Filipino crew member were also moderately injured in the mishap.

Owned by Cyprus-based Louis Cruises, THOMSON MAJESTY is based in the Canaries and was carrying 2,000 passengers at the time of the crew-only incident.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego
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