Terrorism drill on Lake Tahoe Tourist Boat Wednesday

More than a dozen emergency response agencies in Nevada and California plan a training exercise Wednesday responding to a mock terrorist attack on a tour boat on Lake Tahoe.

The simulated attack on a paddle-wheeler off the shore of the Zephyr Cove Resort on Tahoe's southwest shore involves a bomb and subsequent spill of diesel fuel into the lake's azure waters.

The agencies will work in concert with Aramark, the concessionaire that operates the tour boats. The drill is expected to begin about nine a-m on the M-S Dixie or Tahoe Queen.

Terrorist threats aside, the US Coast Guard uses the paddle-wheeler drill as a way to hone its boat evacuation skills whether there's an explosion on board, the boat catches on fire or the paddle-wheeler goes adrift into rocks.

In addition to numerous sheriff's offices and fire departments, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency are participating in the drill.

Others involved include officials from state departments of environmental protection, public safety, emergency management, wildlife and fish and game in both states.

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