Several boats have sunk and people have been rescued from the water at Lake Travis in the US state of Texas following a ‘Trump boat parade”.
The event was organised on Facebook, where 2600 said they’d attend and 5800 said they were interested.
“Boats of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate,” the event organiser wrote. “Decorate your boats in patriotic colours and fly as many Trump flags as she can handle. Let‘s really make a statement!”
Four hours after the event was scheduled to begin, the local sheriff’s office issued a statement of its own.
“Several boats did sink,” the Travis County Sherrif’s office said, nothing they received “multiple calls involving boats in distress”.
According to the New York Times “at least four” of the boats sank, and a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office added the lake might have been overcrowded.
“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.”
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The event coincided with the first day of the Labor Day long weekend in the US.
The water on the lake was reportedly choppy, but winds were not considered strong enough to have played a factor.
Numerous people had to be rescued from the water but at this stage it appears they’ve all escaped any serious injuries.
“While we train for water rescues regularly, this is the first multi-vessel, multi-location, multi-incident water rescue that we‘ve responded to not precipitated by a boat collision, ever as far as our team knows,” Lake Travis Fire Fighters Association, responsible for water rescues, said in a statement on Facebook.
The boat parade on Lake Travis is one of several taking place around the United States.
Another is planned for Sunday afternoon on the Potomac River in Washington D.C.