Massive cruise ship brawl caught on video requires Coast Guard intervention – National

US law enforcement is investigating a massive fight that broke out on a Carnival Magic cruise ship early Tuesday morning, involving about 40 to 60 passengers.

The US Coast Guard became aware of the brawl at 4 a.m. and deployed a ship to escort the cruise ship through New York Harbor.

“After that, a USCG Sector New York boarding team assisted the NYPD and[Customs and Border Protection]in handling the crew,” the Coast Guard told People magazine.

Video of the incident has since gone viral on social media.

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The NYPD learned of the argument around 5:20 a.m. and told People the fight broke out on the dance floor of a nightclub on the ship.

At the time of the incident, the cruise ship was near the Verrazano Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Staten Island, but authorities aren’t sure if the brawl started in international waters, in New Jersey or in New York — with the question It remains unclear whose jurisdiction the incident was, according to the NYPD, falls under unclear.

“Security on board the boat attempted to de-escalate the situation and then called the Coast Guard,” the NYPD said. “The Coast Guard escorted the cruise ship to Pier 88, the boundaries of the MTN district. Uniformed personnel and traffic agents met the ship and the ship disembarked the passengers without further incident.”

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PIX 11, a local outlet, reported the fight began with two people but quickly grew in size as more people joined, police said.

The NYPD told PIX 11 that the cruise was being escorted to New York for an emergency stop, but Carnival Cruise Line claims the stop was already scheduled.

“Last night, when Carnival Magic returned to New York, some guests were involved in an altercation at a nightclub. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported and our onboard safety team responded,” Carnival’s statement to PIX11 said. “The ship arrived as scheduled this morning and shore-based law enforcement has been notified and met with the ship to question suspects and witnesses and conduct an investigation.”

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Fox News interviewed a witness who was on board at the time.

Theresa James, a travel agent, said the fight started just before 2 a.m. on the fifth floor of the cruise ship, where the dance club and onboard casino are located.

James says an alleged threesome sparked the argument, with passengers upset after learning their significant others were involved in the ménage à trois.

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James, who witnessed the hour-long fight from her door, saw smashed beer bottles and said a woman may have been injured during the brawl.

She said the guests were “ignorant fools acting stupid” and praised cruise ship security for how they handled the fight, saying the argument could have been a lot worse.

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