Several boats sink and multiple call 911 in distress in rough conditions at a Trump Boat Parade in Lake Travis, Texas, during nationwide MAGA parade for the Labor Day weekend
- Travis County Sheriff’s Office said it’s responding to ‘many boats in distress’
- Several boats have sunk and multiple have called for help on Lake Travis, Texas
- Dozens of vessels gathered on the lake for a ‘Trump Boat Parade’
- No injuries or deaths have been reported
Several boats have sunk and multiple are ‘in distress’ at a Trump Boat Parade on Lake Travis, Texas, authorities said.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday said it’s responding to ‘many boats in distress’ at a massive flotilla on the lake located 20 miles northwest of Austin.
Authorities said they received calls all along the parade route including on Paradise Cove, West Beach, Point Venture and Hurst Creek, according to KVUE.
No injuries or deaths have been reported as of 3pm, local time.
Multiple boats had to be towed in Lake Travis, Texas after they sank during a Trump Boat Parade on Saturday
Hundreds of boats turned out for a massive flotilla in support of the president on Lake Travis, on the western edge of Austin
Police said several boats have sunk and multiple are ‘in distress’ all along the parade route
Authorities said they have been unable to confirm how many boats are in need of help or have sunk due to the overwhelming amount of calls they’ve received.
The Austin-Travis County EMS also confirmed it has not received any calls regarding medical emergencies and therefore is not assisting at the lake.
‘ATCEMS has not been requested to respond to any of them. If this changes, we’ll provide an update’, they said in a statement on Twitter.
Organizers of the event had promoted the parade on Facebook, inviting Trump supporters and boats of ‘all shapes and sizes’ to participate.
‘Decorate your boats in patriotic colors and fly as many Trump flags as she can handle,’ the post read.
The Travis County Sheriff’s department said it has received multiple calls of boats sinking, but no injuries have been reported
The boat parade was one of several that took place across the country over Labor Day Weekend
Organizers of the event had invited boats of ‘all shapes and sizes’ to participate in Saturday’s flotilla and encouraged people to decorate their boats in patriotic colors and Trump flags
A life-sized cut-out of the president was seen aboard a pontoon boat on Lake Travis during the parade
More than 2,500 people planned to attend and more than 5,800 were interested, according to the event page.
It is unclear how many boats turned out for the parade however, social media photos large crowds gathering along the route to watch the large flotilla sail by.
The parade was scheduled to kick off at 11.30am and end at Emerald Point at 2pm.
Hundreds of boats are believed to have gathered on the lake on Saturday in support of the president
IOWA: A Trump Boat Parade was also held on the Mississippi River near Bettendorf, Iowa on Saturday
NEW JERSEY: Several Trump supporters also gathered together for a flotilla on Barnegat Bay, NJ
The sheriff’s office said it received the first call around 12.15pm, minutes after the parade began.
Meanwhile, similar boat parades in support of the president unfolded across the country including in New Jersey and Iowa for Labor Day Weekend.
An estimated 2,000 to 2,500 boats were expected to set off from Barnegat Bay, near Toms River, in a massive flotilla paying tribute to law enforcement and the president, The New York Post reported.
This is a developing story. More to come.