Several Boats Sink During Pro-Trump Parade On Lake In Texas
The 'Lake Travis Trump Boat Parade' took place in Texas yesterday (Saturday) afternoon and was organised as a 'way that Trump supporters can get out and express themselves without causing too much trouble or congestion in streets'.
However, supporters of the President came across a different kind of trouble than they might have anticipated, with strong waves sinking a number of vessels.
Travis County Sheriff's Office said they received 'multiple calls' about boats in distress and firefighters had to pull numerous people out of the water.
TCSO responded to multiple calls involving boats in distress during the Trump parade on Lake Travis. Several boats did sink.
- Travis County SO (@TravisCoSheriff) September 5, 2020
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services confirmed there were no reports of injuries or medical emergencies at the parade.
MEDIA: #ATCEMS has not been involved in any of the boat sinking incidents on Lake Travis today. No injuries or medical emergencies have occured as the result of these incidents & #ATCEMS has not been requested to respond to any of them. If this changes, we'll provide an update.
- ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) September 5, 2020
Kristen Dark, a spokeswoman for Travis County Sheriff's Office, said there were 'too many variables' to determine what exactly happened.
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Speaking to The New York Times, she said: "We had an exceptional number of boats on the lake today. When they all started moving at the same time, it generated significant waves."
Steve Salinas, who helped organise the event, told the publication that the water was choppy and he saw boats of all shapes and sizes at the parade, from 60ft yachts to 8ft boats.
He added: "You can have really great water one second, and it could get some pretty heavy swells in a matter of minutes. Once boats get on a lake, mother nature has its own plans."
More than 2,700 people said they were going to attend the parade on the event's Facebook page, but it is unclear how many turned up on the day.
A description of the event reads: "Boats of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate. Decorate your boats in patriotic colours and fly as many Trump flags as she can handle. Let's really make a statement!"
No doubt the metaphor of a sinking ship isn't the statement they had in mind ahead of the election in November.
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