Tahoe Queen returns to dock after hitting sandbar

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Updated: 8/06/2014 1:29 pm
Update: 7:02 p.m.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Tahoe Queen has returned to its home at Ski Run Marina in South Lake Tahoe.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the boat was removed from the sandbar around 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The boat will continue to be inspected for damage throughout the next few days.

(Lake Tahoe News, Lake Tahoe News)
(Lake Tahoe News, Lake Tahoe News)
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP, MyNews4.com & KRNV) — Authorities say about 300 people out for a cruise on Lake Tahoe had to be rescued after their boat hit a sand bar and stranded them offshore.

According to the Lake Tahoe News, the Tahoe Queen was about 30 minutes into a 90-minute voyage on Monday when it struck a sandbar of Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe. The passengers and crewmembers onboard were shuttled from the boat to shore by El Dorado County Sheriffs, South Lake Tahoe Police and Fire, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

"Because we frequently work with the local agencies during training drills and search and rescue cases, we were able to effectively collaborate and resolve the situation," said Petty Officer, First Class Laura Bostwick, a boatswain's mate at Station Lake Tahoe. "Once on scene, everyone worked seamlessly together to safely transfer the passengers ashore."

No injures have been reported. However, some passengers say they had to wait 3.5 hours to be rescued.

Lake Tahoe's water level has been dropping as California struggles with drought.

News 4 has a crew on scene and will bring you updates as they become available.
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Kramer - 8/6/2014 6:49 PM
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thanks for editing that goofy initial report. But I think it probably 'ran aground' or otherwise was underdrafted; hitting a sandbar would be more of a collision than merely getting stuck

Kramer - 8/5/2014 5:17 PM
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dropping lake level-measured in 10th's of a foot...has anybody proofread this silly report? I'd hate to get the "run aground" again- whatever "floats yer boat", eh?

tahoe lad - 8/5/2014 2:39 PM
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This had nothing to do with the dropping lake level! This is someone not paying attention. Everyone who has boated on Lake Tahoe knows it’s shallow there and even if they didn’t, there is a big “shallow water” buoy right there. Not the first time that boat has run aground in that exact same spot.

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