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Norwegian Sky evacuated at PortMiami

Police conduct security sweep after passenger boards without swiping keycard

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PORTMIAMI, Fla. – Passengers have been cleared to board a Norwegian Sky cruise ship Friday after Miami-Dade police responded to reports of "suspicious activity" at PortMiami Friday, police spokesman Daniel Ferrin said.

Norwegian Sky released a statement just after 3 p.m. saying that a passenger had cleared a pier-side security checkpoint, but boarded the Norwegian Sky without scanning their keycard.

Witnesses told Local 10 News reporter John Turchin that the man's keycard made some kind of noise when it was scanned and he bolted onto the ship.

Cruise line officials said the ship was evacuated by Miami-Dade police and Customs and Border Protection officers and underwent a secondary security sweep as a precaution.

The ship was cleared to sail after the second sweep Friday.

"The vessel has been cleared to sail and guests are now embarking the ship. We expect the ship will arrive in Nassau as scheduled tomorrow morning," Norwegian Cruise Lines said in a statement.

You can see pictures of the crowd that waited to board the ship below.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may have caused and thank our guests for their understanding and cooperation," Norwegian said in a statement.

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