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Five Boats Sink During Pro-Trump Parade in Texas

Hundreds of boats decorated with President Donald Trump campaign flags parade through Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, New Hampshire on August 22, 2020.
Hundreds of boats decorated with President Donald Trump campaign flags parade through Lake Winnipesaukee in Laconia, New Hampshire on August 22, 2020. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/Getty Images

Update on Sept. 6 at 5:58 p.m.: The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that it received reports of five boats sinking at the Trump boat parade that took place on Lake Travis on Saturday. There were no reports of injuries and there is “no evidence of foul play.” The sheriff’s office said the first distress call came in at 12:15 p.m., only 15 minutes after the event started.

Overall, the sheriff’s office responded to a total of 15 “distress calls” and received three reports of boats taking water from a towing company. Three of the five botas that sank during the parade were towed out and two remain underwater. “Weather conditions on Lake Travis were calm,” the sheriff’s office said. “When the large number of boats began moving together, the wakes generated large waves in areas where participating boats were dense.”

Original post: Several boats sank during a “Trump Boat Parade” held on Lake Travis in Texas on Saturday. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that officials responded to “multiple calls involving boats in distress” during the parade. “Several boats did sink,” the tweet said. Officials said at least four boats sank and the distress calls came from multiple points along the parade route. Firefighters pulled some people out of the water but no injuries were immediately reported.

Hundreds took part in the boat parade to express their support for President Donald Trump’s reelection. Trump’s supporters have seemingly taken a liking to this type of event to come out in support of the president and boat parades have been held in several states, including Florida, California, Illinois, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.

The boats that needed rescue were largely smaller ones that had difficulty managing the choppy conditions when so many boats started traveling together on the lake. “The lake west of Austin is known for being difficult to navigate at times, and large wakes could be seen during Saturday’s boat parade,” notes the Austin American-Statesman.

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