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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:34 PM

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Family Of 23 Removed Because Of Violent Brawls On A 10-Day Carnival Cruise Ship In South Pacific

Violent brawls on a 10-day Carnival cruise in the South Pacific forced the ship to dock early so Australian police could remove a family of 23.

Video from the ship shows passengers on the Carnival Legend tussling with each other and security officers while screams can be heard from other cruisers.

Security officers can also be seen kicking passengers after they were down on the floor. in the video.

"We have a zero tolerance approach to excessive behavior that affects other guests," Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement to CNN. "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 acts aboard Carnival Legend."

Another video, published by radio station 3AW, showed passengers cheering as authorities removed men from the cruise ship Friday.

NSW said they were told that several men fought on the ship in early hours Friday while the ship was 137 miles off Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Security officers reportedly intervened.

"About 1.30 p.m. (Friday), six men and three teenage boys were removed from the ship at Twofold Bay, Eden," the police statement said.
"A further 14 passengers, including women and children, also left the ship. The group were transported to Canberra where other travel arrangements were made."

Carnival did not say what started the fights, how many people were hurt and whether charges had been filed yet.