ZEPHYR COVE (CBS13) — Four Bay Area men were rescued by the Tahoe Douglas Fire Prevention District after their rented boat sank Saturday evening.

The men survived for hours using a water cooler and a seat cushion as flotation devices. Fellow lake visitors heard the men screaming for help and alerted the department to their predicament.

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According to officer Eric Guevin, the 21-foot, open-bow speed boat the men had rented passed all safety standard investigations prior to launching.

The cause of the accident is unknown. The Ski Run Marina is investigating the incident.

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All four men have returned to their lodges with no injuries.


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