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Coast Guard Removes Tahoe Queen

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UPDATE: The U.S. Coast Guard says they were able to remove the Tahoe Queen from the Sandbar around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.

As of now, the Tahoe Queen is back at its dock. 


We're following up the grounding of the Tahoe Queen that forced almost 300 passengers and nearly a dozen crew members to evacuate from the vessel on Monday.     

    
The U.S. Coast Guard is carefully looking at options to remove the boat from a giant sand bar where it became stuck.

“Passed by a sign for the Tahoe Queen, so figured it might be a fun adventure,” says Terry O’Bright of Marina Del Ray, California.
    
But the boat they wanted to take a ride on is not parked at its dock, instead it's stuck about a mile away from where it started.

Over 300 people had to be evacuated from the ship after it hit a sandbar Monday evening.

“Four hours for the offload to get all of the passengers off the vessel.”

Coast Guard crews, and boat maintenance workers went out to the site Tuesday morning to inspect that vessel.

“We still have inspectors going through the haul ensuring the structural ability prior to coming off the beach,” says Lieutenant Junior Grade Sean Kelly.
    
At this point the U.S. Coast Guard is not ruling anything out.
    
South Lake Tahoe Police estimate the water was only six feet deep at the site of impact, which raises another question:
    
Did the captain go off course?

“We cover that one when our investigation team goes out, we go through and recreate the incident.”

Aramark, the company who operates the Tahoe Queen and the M.S. Dixie says it's too early to comment directly on the investigation but they want to free the boat and get repairs done as quickly as possible.
    
And in order for that to happen, people need to stay away from the scene.
    
“We definitely want people to steer clear of the area and allow the Coast Guard and other agencies to conduct a safe operation to get the vessel off.”
    
Coast Guard officials say they don't when the Tahoe Queen can be removed from the sandbar.

The parent company of the Tahoe Queen says all of the passengers were offered a refund, or another cruise aboard the queen's sister ship, the M.S. Dixie.  
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