5 Boats Sink During Texas Parade for Trump, No Casualties: Sheriff

September 6, 2020 Updated: September 6, 2020

Five boats sank in a Texas lake during a nautical parade in support of President Donald Trump, but no one was injured or killed, officials said Sunday.

Deputies responded to 15 distress calls and received three other reports of boats taking on water, after the boat parade got underway on Lake Travis, west of Austin, on Saturday, according to Kristen Dark of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. The event attracted hundreds of watercraft of all sizes.

Dark said that weather on the roughly 19,000-acre lake was calm, but that the tightly packed boats created large waves in areas. Deputies have found no evidence of foul play, she said.

President Trump Boat Parade on Lake Travis
Boaters flying flags honoring President Donald Trump crowd Lake Travis in Lakeway, Texas, during a boat parade that attracted hundreds of watercraft of all sizes, on Sept. 5, 2020. (Bob Daemmrich via AP)

The first call for help came at 12:15 p.m., and later distress calls were for boats taking on water, stalled engines, and capsizing, Dark said.

Three of the boats that sank were towed to shore, while the other two were still at the bottom of the lake, she said.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services received no calls for service related to the parade, a spokeswoman said.

Lake Travis is an impoundment about 12 miles northwest of Austin.