BOULDER CITY, NV (KXNT) – It may not have been as stressful as an historic sea disaster, but for passengers on the Desert Princess at Lake Mead, there were some tense moments Tuesday.

Park officials say the Lake Mead Interagency Communication Center received a radio distress call from the Desert Princess around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, reporting the vessel had lost power with 163 passengers on board.

The strong winds, which were gusting above 30 miles per hour, pushed the triple decker Mississippi-style paddle wheeler into slips at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Marina.

Crews with the National Park Service, Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Nevada Department of Wildlife responded. The vessel was pushed toward the breakwater where personnel were able to safely offload around 60 passengers into patio boats.

One crew member was injured and transported to a hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard.



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