During a boat parade in support of President Donald Trump on Saturday, a number of boats sank on Lake Travis in Texas. Several attendees posted videos on social media during the parade offering a glimpse at the dangerous situation.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Saturday in regards to the issue. According to the statement, the parade began around 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. The sheriff’s office writes that “[a]lmost immediately upon the parade going into motion, TCSO began receiving distress calls from boaters.”
In total, the sheriff’s office responded to 15 distress calls. The first call came at 12:15 p.m. and the last coming in at 1:52 p.m. Furthermore, law enforcement responded to three more boats in distress from a local towing company, Time reports.
The sheriff’s office explained that the emergency calls received during the parade came in to report various potentially dangerous situations. “The distress calls varied and included: boats taking on water, stalled engines, capsized boats and boats sinking,” the statement continued.
On Sunday, the sheriff’s office also shared that five boats sank with two remaining submerged. “Most boats that were taking on water, or even fully submerged, were able to be hooked up and towed before they sank to the bottom of the lake,” the sheriff’s office reads.
The latest reports from the situation reveal that the dangers at the Donald Trump boat parade did not come as a result of weather conditions. “When the large number of boats began moving together, the wakes generated large waves in areas where participating boats were dense,” the sheriff’s office said.
Photos from the Donald Trump Boat Parade in Texas
A number of photos taken during the parade landed on social media. Check out some of the images below:
The sheriff’s office shares that Lake Travis “is 64 miles long and approximately 40 miles of it is in TCSO’s jurisdiction.” Furthermore, the sheriff’s office states that Lake Travis “has hundreds of private docks, over 40 marinas and several county parks.”
At this time, the sheriff’s office does not report any evidence of foul play.