296 Passengers Aboard Stranded Paddlewheeler

Published Aug 5, 2014 1:59 PM by The Maritime Executive

The Coast Guard and numerous county and local response agencies assisted in removing 296 people aboard a passenger vessel that ran aground in the vicinity of Tahoe Keys, Calif., Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:37 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a notification from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe of a passenger vessel, Tahoe Queen, with approximately 296 passengers that ran aground. Rescue boat crews from Station Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, Douglas County, El Dorado County and Vessel Assist transferred all passengers and non-essential crew from Tahoe Queen to shore at Ski Run Marina in South Lake Tahoe. No injures were reported.

"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 1st Class Laura Bostwick, a boatswain's mate at Station Lake Tahoe. "Once on scene, everyone worked seamlessly together to safely transfer the passengers ashore."

Station Lake Tahoe rescue crews are still on scene monitoring the situation, and vessel inspectors and investigators are en route to determine the integrity of the vessel, provide oversight of salvage efforts, and investigate to determine the causative factors of the grounding. 

The 312-passenger Tahoe Queen, is the lake’s only authentic Mississippi paddlewheeler. This Lake Tahoe icon recently underwent major renovations to reflect the allure and luster of the early 1900’s when there was no finer way to travel.