AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says it took multiple calls for boats in distress and several boats sunk during a parade on Lake Travis Saturday afternoon.
The calls came from multiple locations along the parade route, including Emerald Point, Paradise Cove, West Beach and Hurst Creek, according to TCSO.
The first call came in at 12:15 p.m. as the parade started and the last call came at 1:53 p.m., TCSO says.
“It was like an ocean out there. I’m surprised I survived it. We didn’t make it all the way around the parade, because it was just too much,” said Danielle Severn. “The boats were mainly just teeter-tot-erring. A lot of them took on water by the nose. After that it was over, especially for the smaller boats.”
In a post on Twitter, Austin-Travis County EMS says it has not been involved in any of the boat sinking incidents on Lake Travis on Saturday. No injuries or medical emergencies happened as the result of these incidents and has not been requested to respond to any of them.
At least 2,400 people were reportedly expected to turn out for a boat parade in support of Pres. Donald Trump.
“Let’s really make a statement!” the event’s Facebook page reads.
The event featured decorated boats and Trump flags, in addition to parachute jumpers and concerts in the evening.
The “Lake Travis Trump Boat Parade” was expected to last from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.