All hands on deck to save lake tour boat

A tour boat that became partly submerged in a lake on the NSW-Victorian border has been saved after the community raced to the rescue.

Sudden winds caused the Paradise Queen, which was tied up on Lake Mulwala in Yarrawonga, to snag its mooring and waters surged onto the stern at around 9pm on Monday.

The 75-person capacity vessel is used for tours and functions on the lake, which is bookended by the Murray River.

"We essentially got caught in a ... bit of a freak storm wind," owner-operator Travis Smith told AAP.

"The boat was actually moored and then just got caught on the mooring, so it's basically just surge water."

Mr Smith said word travelled quickly.

"It's a very public spot. As soon as something's going on it starts being shared on social media and we ended up with a big crowd down there," he said.

About 60 volunteers strapped on life vests and boarded the front of the Paradise Queen to lift the stern while emergency services pumped the water out, Mr Smith told AAP.

"Emergency services and all the locals basically just got in and helped out, did whatever they could."

Emergency services continued to pump out water once the volunteers had disembarked.

The Victorian State Emergency Service confirmed Yarrawonga unit volunteers had supported Victoria Police and the Yarrawonga Country Fire Authority Brigade in an incident involving a boat struggling on the water and with occupants on board.

"Several of our VICSES members assisted with pumping water, and ensured the safety of the public as the boat was evacuated," a VICSES spokesman said in a statement.

"The evacuation was successful with no injuries and provided another example of how Victoria's emergency services work together to ensure the safety of our communities."

Mr Smith said the vessel was not seriously damaged and would be operating again in the next three or four days.