Live breaking news: ‘Optical illusion’ baffles internet, product kills COVID-19 in 90 seconds, 15 dead in horror crash

Breaking news live updates: ‘Optical illusion’ baffles internet

A man has snapped a “real life optical illusion”, with the viral picture of a mysterious “floating boat” capturing the world’s attention.

March 3, 2021 6:19AM

A photo of a boat appearing to float above the water is taking the world by storm.

The picture, which was captured by Colin McCallum in Banff, Scotland, was shared on social media where it immediately caused a stir, with Facebook users questioning what was really going on.

Follow our live coverage of today’s breaking news below, including details of the incredible optical illusion.

– By Samantha Maiden

The cabinet minister at the centre of historical rape allegations involving a 16 year old girl in 1988 is preparing to identify himself and deny any wrongdoing.

Government sources have confirmed that now New South Wales Police has declared “case closed” on the matter he will relinquish his anonymity to categorically deny the allegations.

He will not stand down from his job and plans to continue in his role now that police have confirmed they will not investigate or lay charges.

Scott Morrison has previously revealed the Liberal minister at the centre of the claim, who has not been identified, “vigorously” denies the allegations and categorically refutes that he ever raped the Adelaide woman when she was a 16-year-old teenager.

But former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday that the minister must now “out himself” in respect for his colleagues and the country.

15 dead in horrific car crash

A horrifying crash in California has left at least 15 people dead, with a dozen more in hospital.

The tragic accident occurred around 6am this morning, when a SUV carrying 27 passengers was struck by a semitruck full of gravel in Imperial County, which is near the US border with Mexico.

Fourteen of the SUV’s passengers died at the scene, and one more died after arriving at El Centro Regional Medical Centre.

“We believe there were 27 passengers in this SUV that struck a semi-truck full of gravel,” said Judy Cruz, managing director of the medical centre’s emergency room department.

“Fourteen were dead on the scene; three were flown out from the scene; seven patients were transported to El Centro Regional Medical Centre, where unfortunately one of those has died since arrival; and two patients were transferred to Pioneers Hospital.

World-first product kills COVID-19 in 90 seconds

The Australian-developed disinfectant, called ViroCLEAR, was developed by BioInnovate and fast-tracked for approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) last month.

While other surface disinfectants take as long as ten minutes to kill the coronavirus — with some unable to do it at all — BioInnovate Chair Ross Macdougald said the breakthrough was achieved after exhaustive research in northern NSW.

Production of the spray began in Melbourne this week.

“Think about when you go to the supermarket and someone passes you a trolley that has just been wiped down,” he said.

‘Optical illusion’ baffles internet

A viral picture which seems to show a vessel floating in the air has made global headlines.

The photo was snapped by Colin McCallum in Banff, Scotland last week, and uploaded to Facebook.

He captioned the snap with: “Saw a real life optical illusion in Banff today”.

The picture immediately went viral, with facebook users questioning what they were seeing.

He also shared a video of the bizarre sight, captioned; “Floating boat”.

The snap has captured the world’s attention. Picture: Facebook

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