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Cruise ship passengers evacuated

A number of passengers and crew members were evacuated after smoke was spotted billowing from the front section of a cruise ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean nation of St Maarten.

Officials said there were no reported injuries.

Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vince Gulliksen said an overheated bearing caused smoke to emerge from the front section of the Carnival Liberty.

He said the problem has been resolved.

The ship was expected to depart St Maarten later as scheduled. It left Florida on Sunday for a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

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