HOUSTON – The Travis County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple calls involving boats in distress during the “Trump Boat Parade” on Lake Travis. Officials said several boats have sunk.
TCSO responded to multiple calls involving boats in distress during the Trump parade on Lake Travis. Several boats did sink.— Travis County SO (@TravisCoSheriff) September 5, 2020
Supporters of President Donald Trump were encouraged to bring “boats of all shapes and sizes” to participate in the parade, according to a Facebook page for the event. More than 2,000 people were expected to attend. While another 5,000 people marked that they were “interested.”
According to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Servies, there were no injuries or medical emergencies that occurred as a result of the incidents.
MEDIA: #ATCEMS has not been involved in any of the boat sinking incidents on Lake Travis today. No injuries or medical emergencies have occured as the result of these incidents & #ATCEMS has not been requested to respond to any of them. If this changes, we’ll provide an update.— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) September 5, 2020
The boat parade route included Paradise Cove, West Beach, Point Venture and Hurst Creek. The event was set to start at 11:30 a.m.
At this time, officials have not revealed the number of boats that experienced issues on the lake.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.