On August 4, the passenger riverboat Tahoe Queen ran aground off Regan Beach on Lake Tahoe, California. The riverboat with 296 passengers had just started a cruise along the lake when it ran onto a large sandbar some 600 yards off the shore. The vessel tried to free itself for an hour, but was firmly stuck and the crew requested assistance. The Coast Guard responded and help unload all the passengers off the vessel. The process took several hours. However, there was no injuries, damage or pollution released. The following day four vessels from Vessel Assist Lake Tahoe and High Sierra Marine refloated the Tahoe Queen and towed her back to her berth.
Reports state that lake levels are lower which may have lead to the vessel grounding. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
- 300 Rescued From Tahoe Queen After It Hits Sand Bar In South Lake Tahoe (sacramento.cbslocal.com)
- 300 rescued after Lake Tahoe boat hits sand bar (mercurynews.com)
- Paddle boat that ran aground is freed in Lake Tahoe (sacbee.com)