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​​Marine Accident Brief: Fire aboard Passenger Vessel Tahoe Queen

Executive Summary

​About 0730 on August 16, 2016, a fire broke out on the upper deck of the passenger vessel Tahoe Queen as it was alongside its home pier on Lake Tahoe undergoing extensive maintenance and repairs. The fire destroyed the wheelhouse and most of the upper deck. Two crewmembers suffered minor injuries; both were treated and released the same day. There were no reports of pollution. The vessel was declared a constructive total loss, valued at $4.8 million.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard passenger vessel Tahoe Queen was the operating company’s poor oversight of its contractors’ adherence to hot work safety policies.

Accident Location: Lake Tahoe , NV USA Zephyr Cove
Accident Date: 8/16/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM054

Date Adopted: 11/6/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1734
NTIS Number:  

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