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300 rescued when Tahoe paddle-wheeler hits sandbar

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This Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the Tahoe Queen tour boat that was stranded on a sandbar on the California side of Lake Tahoe. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard) This Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the Tahoe Queen tour boat that was stranded on a sandbar on the California side of Lake Tahoe. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Authorities are investigating why a paddle-wheel boat ran aground in Lake Tahoe, prompting rescuers to evacuate about 300 people aboard.

Coast Guard officials said no injuries were reported when the Tahoe Queen got stuck on a shoal in the Tahoe Keys area on Monday afternoon, on the California side of the lake. Rescuers were called a little after 3:30 p.m. and took passengers and crew members to the Ski Run Marina, where the tours depart, according to Coast Guard spokeswoman Loumania Stewart.

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

It wasn't immediately clear why the watercraft hit the sandbar, but Lake Tahoe has been tapped by the ongoing drought.

"The lake is really low this year," said Sgt. Pat Brooks of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which sent a boat crew to help take 24 people off the Tahoe Queen. "Whether it was a significant factor, I don't know."

Four commercial salvage boats pulled the Tahoe Queen from the sandbar around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and towed her into deeper water, which allowed the vessel to power its way back a marina, according to a U.S. Coast Guard statement.

The Tahoe Queen is a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler that takes tourists on 2 1/2-hour daytime cruises highlighting the lake's history and sunset cruises that feature dinner and live music.

Messages left for Tahoe Queen managers were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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