300 Rescued From Tahoe Queen After It Hits Sand Bar In South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) – 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.

Passengers shared their stories with CBS13’s Steve Large about their voyage on the Tahoe Queen and how they were stuck on board four hours.

Fire officials says it got stuck about 600 yards off of Regan Beach.

There were 257 passengers on board besides the crew.

Another boat was able to take about 70 people to shore and the rest were ferried back by smaller police, fire and Coast Guard vessels.

However, some passengers say they had to wait 3 ½ hours to be rescued.

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

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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