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Australia police seize cruise ship Ruby Princess' black box

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 9, 2020
Australian police are investigating why the Ruby Princess cruise ship allowed ill passengers to disembark in Sydney amid mounting coronavirus fears, according to local media.
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Cruise ship   Ruby Princess
Public broadcaster ABC News reported that Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirmed the raid on Wednesday night.

Topics: Australia cruise ship Ruby Princess

"Ships have a black box very similar to that of international planes and that and other evidence has been seized for further investigation," report cited Fuller as saying.

Fuller added that there were still more than 1,000 crew members on the ship, with three-quarters intending to remain there.

The Ruby Princess, currently docked at Port Kembla, south of Sydney, is at the center of a criminal investigation into whether its operator downplayed the number of potential coronavirus cases on board before it was allowed to dock in Sydney on March 19, according to the broadcaster.

So far, around 2,700 passengers have disembarked from the ship with over 600 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths linked to the vessel.