The sheriff’s department in Austin, Texas, said five boats sank during a boat parade in support of Trump on Lake Travis on Saturday afternoon.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to a total of 15 distress calls which varied and included: boats taking on water, stalled engines, capsized boats and boats sinking.
The wake in the water was caused by “many, many” boats on the water.
It’s unclear at this time how many total boats were part of the parade or how many sank. The sheriff’s office said it is difficult to tally those numbers, as well as how many people needed rescuing, due to how many people were assisted by other boaters on the lake before first responders arrived.
The parade’s organizer, Pacey Chynoweth, before the event said,
“In the middle of this COVID thing… this is a safe, effective way that we can socially distance. We can be in groups of ten or less.”
“I think that this is the silent majority, and I think that this is a safe, fun way that we can speak, communicate and stand up for what we believe in.”
Over 8,000 people marked themselves as attending the parade on Facebook as of Sunday. Gina Bahel told local news that crowding around the lake during the coronavirus pandemic never concerned her,
“I don’t have a boat, so I wanted to watch the parade and do my best to support four more years of our president.”
Wonder if she has a sinking feeling about his election chances now? Well, apparently the God of the Deep is for Biden…
#Update: One of the survivors tells of his harrowing ordeal. Watch.
(Photo, Twitter; via CBS News)