Police say several boats sank and many are in distress at the Trump Boat Show in Lake Travis, Texas, during the nationwide Labor Day holiday MAGA parade
- Travis County Sheriff’s Office said it is responding to “many boats in distress.”
- Several boats sank and many asked for help on Lake Travis, Texas
- Dozens of ships gathered in the lake in the Trump Boat Show
- No injuries or deaths were reported
Authorities said several boats sank, many of them “in distress”, in the Trump boat convoy on Lake Travis, Texas.
The Travis County sheriff’s office said Saturday that it is responding to “many boats in distress” on the lake 20 miles northwest of Austin.
Authorities said they received calls from all over the parade including Paradise Cove, West Beach, Pointe Venture and Hurst Creek, according to KVUE.
No injuries or deaths were reported as of 3pm local time.
Authorities said several boats sank, many of them “ in distress ” in the Trump Parade of Boats on Lake Travis, Texas.
Event organizers invited boats of all shapes and sizes to participate in the fleet on Saturday and encouraged people to decorate their boats with patriotic colors and Trump flags.
A life-size cut of the president was seen on a pontoon boat on Lake Travis during the parade
Authorities said they were unable to confirm how many boats needed assistance or were sunk due to the overwhelming amount of calls they received.
The EMS administration in Austin Travis County also confirmed that it has not received any calls about medical emergencies and is therefore not providing assistance at the lake.
ATCEMS was not required to respond to any of them. If this changes, we will provide an update, they said in a statement on Twitter.
Event organizers promoted the show on Facebook, and invited Trump supporters and boats of “all shapes and sizes” to participate.
The post stated, “Decorate your boats with patriotic colors and raise the largest possible number of Trump flags.”
Hundreds of boats are believed to have gathered in the lake on Saturday in support of the president
More than 2,500 people were planning to attend and over 5,800 were interested, according to the event page.
It is unclear how many boats participated in the parade, but social media photos of large crowds gathering along the way to watch the large fleet sail.
The show was scheduled to start at 11:30 AM and end at Emerald Point at 2 PM.
The sheriff’s office said it received the first call at around 12.15 p.m., minutes after the show began.
Meanwhile, similar boat rallies unfolded in support of the president across the country including New Jersey and Iowa during the Labor Day holiday.
This is a developing story. More is coming.
Iowa: The Trump Boat Parade was also held on the Mississippi River near Bettendorf, Iowa on Saturday
New Jersey: Several Trump supporters gathered together in a cruise convoy in Barnegat Bay, NJ