Crews rescue tourists from sunken speedboat in Lake Tahoe

FILE -- In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, a kayaker paddles along Zephyr Cove, the sight of the 19th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The summit brought together lawmakers, including Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., other government officials, , business leaders and environmentalists to the the two-day summit to discuss this years theme, "Connecting Lake Tahoe's Environment and Economy throughout Innovation and Transportation." Brown has made climate change the centerpiece of his final tenure by trying to reduce California's carbon footprint and boost the state's renewable energy use to 50 percent in 15 years, if he can get it approved by fellow Democrats in the state Legislature.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (AP) – Firefighters say a group of tourists whose speedboat sunk in Lake Tahoe at night lived to tell about it after clinging to an ice cooler and a seat cushion.

Eric Guevin of the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District says the four men from California’s Bay Area rented a boat that started to take on water late Saturday night.

Guevin says the men were about three miles from the shore and in the dark with only partial moonlight as they were yelling for help.

He says it was oddly quiet enough that people on shore heard their cries and called authorities.

Rescuers picked up one group member who tried to swim to shore, then found the other three.

They were warmed up with blankets and hot tea and are otherwise OK.

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