Bleijie orders investigation into cruise ship death

QUEENSLAND Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has ordered an investigation into the death of a passenger aboard a cruise ship.

Betty Virgo, 72, died after becoming sick during a trip around New Zealand on the luxury liner Sun Princess in November 2012.

Her daughter Gayle Virgo, who was also on board, has complained about the medical treatment and care her mother received in the hours before her death and the fact that her body was embalmed before an autopsy could be carried out.

A spokesman for Carnival Australia, which owns Princess Cruises, rejected any suggestion of inappropriate or inadequate medical care and said all policies and procedures were followed after Mrs Virgo's death.

Mr Bleijie has directed State Coroner Terry Ryan to conduct an investigation into the Gold Coast woman's death.



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