Several boats sink during Trump boat parade on Lake Travis

President Trump Boat Parade on Lake Travis
Posted at 3:15 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 16:38:32-04

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas – Five boats sank in Lake Travis during a nautical parade in support of President Donald Trump, but no one was injured or killed, officials said Sunday.
Boaters began calling for help “almost immediately” after the procession for Trump’s reelection got underway on a lake west of Austin on Saturday, according to Kristen Dark of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies ultimately responded to 15 distress calls and received three other reports of boats taking on water.

The sheriff’s office wrote on Twitter that its officers responded to multiple calls involving boats in distress during the event near Austin, Texas.

Authorities confirmed to KVUE and KEYE that multiple boats were in distress throughout the parade route, including at Paradise Cove, West Beach, Point Venture and Hurst Creek.

In audio captured by Broadcastify.com, Travis County Fire and EMS dispatchers described "very rough" conditions on the lake. At least three boats went down in 30 minutes, according to dispatchers, who reported several sinking boats around Paradise Cove.

A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told The Associated Press that there are no reports of fatalities or injuries and that investigators have not determined how many boats sank. The spokesperson added that there is no reason to suspect foul play, but a cause has not been determined.

There was no severe weather in the area and winds were generally calm, according to the National Weather Service.

Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that its crews have not been involved in any of the boat sinkings and that no injuries or medical emergencies have occurred as a result of the incidents.

It appears the boat parade supporting President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign was organized on Facebook. The event page says about 2,600 people planned to attend. Those who did go were encouraged to fly as many Trump flags as they could to make a statement.

These types of boat parades have been held in multiple parts of the country, recently in Florida and near the Jersey Shore.