A falling lifeboat has left five crew members dead during a routine emergency drill aboard the Thomson Majesty while docked in La Palma, according to local reports.

According to those reports, three other people are injured, and government officials said that the lifeboat dropped 30 meters into the water with eight crew members aboard before capsizing.

The 1992-built ship is chartered to Thomson Cruises from Louis Group, and at 40,876 tons, has capacity for some 2,000 passengers.

Click here for a BBC video report from the scene.