Several boats sink during ‘Trump Boat Parade’ in Texas
Published: 01:37 PM, 6 September 2020 Updated: 01:37 PM, 6 September 2020
Several boats have sunk on Lake Travis in the US state of Texas during a parade to support President Donald Trump in November's election.
Local media reported that at least four boats sank at the event promoted as a Trump Boat Parade on Saturday, Labor Day weekend in the US.
Authorities said that the choppy water was likely caused by the large number of vessels moving closely together on Lake Travis, near the state capital, Austin.
According to the media, numerous people had to be rescued from the water of Lake Travis, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
The event, called Lake Travis Trump Boat Parade, was organised on Facebook, and more than 2,600 people marked themselves as having attended it. The event page said boats were asked to drive at 10mph (16km/h).
An investigation has been launched and there is no evidence of any intentional act, Travis County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kristen Dark said.
"We responded to multiple calls of boats in distress, several of them sank," she said. "We had an exceptional number of boats on the lake today... When they all started moving at the same time, it generated significant waves." - BBC, New York Times