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Several boats taking part in a parade to support President Donald Trump capsize

Several boats drowned in a lake in the US state of Texas during a parade to support President Donald Trump in November’s election.

Officials said choppy water was likely caused by the large number of vessels moving closely together on Lake Travis, near the state capital, Austin.

Images showed boats with Trump campaign flags manoeuvring at close quarters.

The event, called Lake Travis Trump Boat Parade, was organised on Facebook, and more than 2,600 people marked themselves as having attended it.




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.”

Paul Yura, from the National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio, told the Associated Press that there were no storms in the area at the time of the parade.




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