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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alaskan Cruise Ends in Evacuation

WASHINGTON -- A cruise ship with about 280 people onboard ran into trouble off the Alaskan coast and began taking on water early Monday, forcing passengers and crew to evacuate, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard craft were sent to the 110-meter Empress of the North, about 15 miles southwest of Juneau on Alaska's eastern peninsula, Coast Guard spokesman Christopher McLaughlin said.

The ship was listing at about 8 degrees after striking something, but Dan Miller, a spokesman for owner Majestic America, said it was not in danger of sinking.

"It is stable and is under its own power and as soon as all the guests and crew are transferred off, she will make her way under her own power over to Juneau where we will assess the damage," Miller said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or what caused the ship to run into trouble.