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23 unruly passengers removed from Carnival Cruise following violent melee: Video

February 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
23 unruly passengers removed from Carnival Cruise following violent melee: Video

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23 unruly passesngers removed from Carnival Cruise following violent melee

A violent melee described by one witness as a “bloodbath” resulted in the removal of two dozen unruly Carnival Cruise Line passengers from the Carnival Legend on Friday.

According to News9 Australia, the cruise liner was scheduled to dock in Melbourne on Saturday following a 10-day trip through the South Pacific.

However, the cruise was forced to make an unscheduled in Eden, New South Wales, where police unloaded the unruly passengers.

Witnesses say a brawl erupted early Friday morning between a large extended family, guests and staff members.

The melee grew to the point that fellow passengers became “truly scared for [their] safety.”

Video footage shows several passengers punching, kicking and grappling each other to the floor, while security officers struggle to up the scuffle.

Officers are also seen kicking and fighting with the passengers and a female staff member is seen trying to swat at the person filming the fight, presumably in an attempt to stop him/her from filming.

A witness who spoke with Melbourne’s 3AW Radio said some of the unruly passengers had been “looking for trouble from the minute they got on the ship.”

“We are so scared after witnessing a traumatic experience with yet again the same offenders,” another passenger told 9 News. “It was a bloodbath.”

New South Wales Police removed six men and three teenage boys, and another 14 passengers left the cruise along with the group.

Carnival representatives confirmed that they were members of the same extended family.

“Police have been told a fight involving several men took place on board the ship after an argument about 12.45 a.m. today. Security intervened and detained the men before notifying the Marine Area Command,” confirmed the New South Wales police, adding that they will be investigating the incident.

“The group were transported to Canberra where other travel arrangements were made.”

A Carnival spokesman said in a statement:“The safety and security of our guests and crew is our number one priority,” a spokesman for Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement. “We apply a zero-tolerance approach to excessive behavior that affects other guests. In line with this policy, we cooperated fully with local authorities in Australia to remove a large family group who had been involved in disruptive and violent acts aboard Carnival Legend.

“We are confident that this strong action addressed the disruption on Carnival Legend and enabled our remaining guests to properly enjoy the remainder of their cruise.”

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