No one was seriously injured Saturday, according to law enforcement. Numerous boat parades have been held by Trump supporters around the nation.
AUSTIN, Texas – Multiple boats participating in a parade in support of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sank Saturday on Lake Travis, located west of Austin, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
Multiple small boats needed rescue after they began sinking due to choppy water conditions as the boats traveled together on the lake, according to the office. No one was injured as a result of those incidents, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials.
Five boats sank, three of which were removed from the water, the sheriff’s office said in a Sunday release. Two boats remained submerged, it said.
The office responded to 15 distress calls related to the parade Saturday afternoon and all were resolved without injuries or loss of life.
The lake is known for being difficult to navigate at times, and large wakes could be seen during Saturday’s boat parade.
Numerous boat parades have been held by Trump supporters around the nation, and Saturday’s event on Lake Travis drew hundreds — they took to the lake in pontoon boats, sailboats and yachts flying “Trump 2020” flags.
Traveling in a large caravan across the water, the president’s backers greeted each other with horns and waved to other boaters in solidarity.
Such political rallies on water have gained traction across the country, with Trump supporters holding boat parades in Florida, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and now, in Texas.
The occasional airplane carrying Trump banners also could be seen flying above the gathering. During one point of the parade, five people made a parachute jump over the lake.
It was not the first time that the boat parades have turned dangerous. In Portland, Oregon, a boat on the Willamette River sank last month as a Trump boat parade passed by.
Buck Henderson, a resident of Lakeway, said Saturday’s boat parade was significant in size compared to other events he has seen in the past.
“I think it’s great to show support for our president,” Henderson said.
Pacey Chynow, who began organizing the event in June, said her “motivation for doing this is that I have a child, and I am fighting for her. This is my way of saying this is the future that I want for her to inherit.”