A lifeboat from a British-operated cruise ship fell into the sea at port in Spain's Canary Islands during an emergency drill being carried out by the crew, killing five people and injuring three others.
Thomson Cruises issued a statement saying it "is aware of an incident involving the ship's crew on board Thomson Majesty in La Palma".
"We are working closely with the ship owners and managers, Louis Cruises, to determine exactly what has happened and provide assistance to those affected," the statement added.
Rescue personnel were called to the dockside noon yesterday after "a lifeboat with occupants had fallen overboard from a ship docked at the pier of Santa Cruz port in La Palma", a government statement said.
Television images showed a small, white two-hulled lifeboat capsized beside the ship. It was not immediately clear whether the Thomson Majesty ship had any passengers on it. There was no information released on the identities of the dead.
The injured were all thought to be men, two aged 30 and another, a Greek national, was 32. The injuries weren't thought to be life-threatening.