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A recent Lake Tahoe storm with wind gusts of 65 mph and above and waves 6-8 feet high caused damage to Marine 24, the fire protection district fire and rescue boat of Tahoe Douglas.
The winds caused the boat to crash against the dock, causing extensive damage. The boat then floated to shore.
“We expect the boat to be out of service for fire and rescue missions for the foreseeable future, while Tahoe Douglas personnel work diligently to get Marine 24 back afloat and fully operational,” the official said. TDFPD Fire Marshal Eric Guevin in a statement.
TDFPD said this incident is a perfect example of the immediate need for a safety pier on the shores of Lake Tahoe. A public safety pier would not only serve the TDFPD, but also other government agencies such as the Department of Wildlife and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, to name a few.
Currently, TDFPD is moving Marine 24 from dock to dock to overcome many challenges; low water levels, weather protection and accessibility for crews to respond to water-related emergencies. As one of the only boats available 24/7 year-round, it is imperative that staff can access the boat safely and react quickly in situations where every second counts, Guevin said.
Since its launch in 2017, Marine 24 has responded to numerous calls for service, including burning ships, water supply for house fires, and patients requiring water rescue or extraction from remote beaches. A donation from Lisa Maloff, Tahoe’s Angel, helped bring the boat to Lake Tahoe.
“There is a significant need for this type of service on Lake Tahoe and Marine 24 has been an exceptional resource in protecting the public throughout the Tahoe Basin. We will continue to update the public on the timing of Marine’s relaunch. 24 in Big Blue. We appreciate your continued support of this life-saving program,” added Guevin.