A boat parade in support of U.S. President Donald Trump crowded Lake Travis in Texas on Saturday, generating waves and choppy waters that led at least four boats to sink and others to crash into rocks, local officials said, adding that no one was hurt.
“That was truly an exceptional number of boats,” said Kristen Dark, public information officer for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies patrol the lake. “Several of the boats did sink.”
Lake Travis is a reservoir on the Colorado river that is a popular spot for boating, fishing, swimming and other recreational activities.
Dark said additional officers had been deployed given expectations that the “Lake Travis Trump Boat Parade” would increase the number of vessels on the water, but that they still received a large number of distress calls.
“When they all started moving at once it generated wakes,” Dark said.
The event had been advertised on Facebook, calling for boats of “all shapes and sizes” to participate and for owners to decorate their vessels in “patriotic colors and fly as many Trump flags as she can handle.”
Despite the incidents, no injuries or medical emergencies were reported, said Christa Stedman, a spokeswoman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.
Q&A About Several boats sink at Trump parade on Texas lake
What is the name of the lake?
Why did the boats sink?
Because of rough weather conditions and high winds, the boats sunk.
Who organized this event?
The City of Dallas organized this event.
What river flows into Lake Travis?
The Pedernales River flows into the lake from southwestern Travis County.
Where did the sinking happen?
The sinking happened on Lake Lewisville in Texas.
When did all these incidents take place ?
All these incidents took place on July 4th weekend
What is the name of the lake where these incidents took place ?
How many people were injured during this incident?
No one was injured during this incident.
How does the water level change at Lake Travis?
The water level changes by nearly one foot per year. In 2011 alone, it saw a two-foot depth increase within a single 24-hour period of time.
Where is Lake Travis located?
Lake Travis is located in central Texas.
Who built Mansfield Dam and when was it built?
Mansfield Dam was built in 1942 and serves as a flood control reservoir for central Texas.
Several boats sank at a Trump parade on Lake Lewisville.
How many people attended this event ?
More than 100,000 people attended this event