Criminal investigation launched into Ruby Princess fiasco

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says a criminal investigation will be necessary to determine whether the operators of the Ruby Princess were “transparent” about ill passengers on board.

Mr Fuller said he said there were "many unanswered questions" despite his early investigations over the past 48 hours. But early indications were that police, ambulance and NSW Ports had done an excellent job.

Asked specifically if there would be a criminal investigation, Mr Fuller responded "yes".

A coronial investigation may also be launched.

The controversial Ruby Princess off Botany Bay on Thursday.Credit:AAP

Mr Fuller said a crew member was removed from the Ruby Princess on Sunday and there were still about 200 crew members with COVID-19 symptoms.

Mr Fuller said he had received a letter from Carnival, which operates the Ruby Princess, assuring him they would co-operate in any way necessary.

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