Several boats sank during a boat parade in support of President Trump on Lake Travis, northwest of Austin, on Saturday afternoon. No injuries have been reported so far. Hundreds of boats participated. TCSO responded to multiple calls involving boats in distress. At least four boats sank. Firefighters pulled “numerous” people out of the water, said Braden Frame, president of the Lake Travis Fire Fighters Association. “We had an exceptional number of boats on the lake today,” she said. “When they all started moving at the same time, it generated significant waves,” he said. Over 8,000 people marked themselves as attending the parade on Facebook.
Owners of boats of “all shapes and sizes” were encouraged to participate and to decorate their craft with “as many Trump flags” as possible. Boaters were set to travel around the lake, which is about 15 miles northwest of Austin, at 10 miles per hour, according to the event’s page. An investigation has been launched and there is no evidence of any intentional act, Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kristen Dark said. Similar boat parades were organized in other parts of the country.