Tahoe Queen outfitted for emergencies
Numerous safety checks, medical tools and emergency prevention resources are on the Tahoe Queen to avoid disasters like the one practiced Thursday.
Once a year the entire stern-wheeler is inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Queen’s crew checks her regularly. Six of the life boats, which can carry 100 people each, are annually sent to San Francisco for inspection.
Add to that random drills like throwing a life jacket on the lake to simulate a guest overboard and Capt. Jimmy Martinez feels all bases are covered.
“I’ve been on some pretty bad conditions and I have to say I feel very comfortable on this boat,” he said.
Martinez referred to rough wake that can send the Queen off course. Once the Queen had to evacuate passengers on the North Shore when high winds pushed her close to shallow waters.
More than one fire extinguisher is on each level. A fire suppression system in the gallery acts like a sprinkler system and pumps water out of the lake.
First aid kits are scattered around the boat.
The captain’s room has oxygen and a defibrillator, among other items.