Las Vegas Sun

October 17, 2017

Currently: 62° — Complete forecast

Winds cause havoc for boat adrift near Lake Mead Marina

Strong winds caused a triple-decker, paddlewheel boat that had lost power to drift at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this afternoon, according to the National Park Service.

One crew member out of 163 people aboard the Desert Princess vessel suffered minor injuries, park service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said in a news release.

Crews were called about 12:30 p.m. to the area near the Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Marina, Vanover said. The boat was pushed onto a barrier where about 60 passengers offloaded onto patio boats.

That's when the wind shifted and caused the boat to drift, but crews were able to restart it and lead it back to safety where the rest of the passengers were unloaded, Vanover said.

At the time of the incident, gusts at Lake Mead had reached 30 mph, Vanover said.

Similar conditions in the Las Vegas Valley, where gusts reached up to 50 mph this afternoon, prompted officials to issue a dust advisory set to expire tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The area from Blue Diamond Road to west Summerlin saw light showers — the only precipitation reported in the valley, meteorologist Chris Outler said.

Wednesday's calls for a high temperature of 84 degrees and mostly sunny conditions, Outler said.

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