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Tahoe Queen evacuated after hitting sandbar

Tahoe Daily Tribune

The grounding of the Tahoe Queen at Lake Tahoe made national news on Monday.

About 300 people aboard the paddlewheeler, which makes tourist excursions, had to be evacuated on Monday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident.

According to the Associated Press, authorities are investigating how and why the Queen got stuck.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Loumania Stewart told the AP that passengers and crew members were taken to the Ski Run Marina after the ship got stuck on a shoal about a quarter-mile off Regan Beach.

"There are no reports of injuries, and the boat does not appear to be in danger of sinking," Dave Freireich, spokesman for Aramark and Lake Tahoe Cruises, said Monday.

Other agencies that helped in the evacuation include the South Lake Tahoe police and deputies from Douglas and El Dorado counties.

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Stewart says inspectors are checking the vessel, which is expected to be pulled off the sandbar and to the shore on Tuesday.

The Tahoe Queen is a Mississippi-style paddlewheeler that takes tourists on daytime cruises highlighting the lake's history and sunset dinner cruises.

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