A lifeboat was left hanging from the side of a Costa Cruises ship due to a malfunction during a tendering operation.

No passengers or crew were hurt in the incident off Kotor in Montenegro involving the ship Costa Mediterranea.

Italian media reported that the tender boat was being lowered into the water but was left hanging over the side of the ship. 

The cruise line said: “Costa confirms that Costa Mediterranea experienced a technical problem with one of the ship’s lifeboats during operations for tendering while anchored in Kotor as per planned itinerary.

“The safety of the ship and of its passengers and crew has never been put at risk, as the tender was not carrying any passenger or crews members.”

However, the ship cancelled a call in Argostoli in Greece and is due to arrive from Kotor to the next scheduled port of call in Corfu tomorrow (Wednesday).