Cruise Bomb Threat Prompts Ship-wide Search
The FBI, Coast Guard, Port Canaveral police and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office bomb squad searched the ship, after evacuating the 1,800 passengers on board. The anonymous caller said there was a bomb on the 11th deck, reports WFTV news.
Eventually passengers were allowed to board the ship around 2 p.m.
"Norwegian Sun, returning to Port Canaveral from a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise, received a report of a security threat. The ship immediately notified the appropriate authorities. Following an extensive security sweep of the vessel, the authorities involved determined the threat to be non-credible," says the Norwegian Sun Cruise Line in a statement.
"All we know is they received a bomb threat and they're having to search the whole ship before anyone could get on," said Gloria Carins, one passenger who had arrived at the port with her husband to board the ship, but had to wait.
The ship left Port Canaveral at 4 pm on a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise.
(Fran Golden contributed to this report.)
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