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Tuesday afternoon, the Tahoe Queen paddle-wheeler remained stuck on sandbar near South Lake Tahoe’s Regan.
U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday morning that divers are inspecting the boat’s hull to assess the damage and condition of the boat before they attempt to move it from a notoriously shallow part of the lake.
The Tahoe Queen was heading out for an afternoon cruise at 3:30 p.m on Monday with a near-capacity crowd of 296 passengers and 14 crew members when it was reported stuck.
The ship was not far from it’s dock at Ski Run Marina near Regan Beach when it became beached.
It took the Coast Guard and local law enforcement about 3 1/2 hours to offload the passengers from the boat and return them to the marina.
Some crew members remained on board overnight to keep an eye on the boat until the inspection and salvage experts arrived in Lake Tahoe.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation however, the large paddle boat was traveling on the East Shore which has a lot of little rocks exposed due to low lake level.
According to Tahoe Gal owner, Larry Boerner, the lake is low but there are still plenty of activities to do around the lake. Each day, the lake evaporates 1/8th of an inch.
Last week, several commercial rafting companies along the Truckee River closed their businesses for the summer due to low water flow on the river.
No injuries were reported during Monday’s crash.