Trump Boat Parade Appears to Sink Nearby Vessel Swamped by Waves

Video has emerged showing a boat sinking on a river in Portland, Oregon, as vessels taking part in a "Trump Boat Parade" pass nearby. The clip, which has been viewed more than 250,000 times on Twitter, shows the boat sinking as it took on water on the Willamette River on Sunday.

Other vessels are seen arriving to help those thrown into the river. Sgt. Bryan White, spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, told Oregon Live that the people aboard the boat had already been rescued by the time river patrol deputies arrived at the scene.

No one was injured during the incident. White said the boat which sank was not part of the Trump parade.

Trump boat parade overtakes the Willamette River in Portland, OR and sinks nearby families boat 🤬 pic.twitter.com/RMZbHHFuFW

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According to the event organizer, more than 100 boats took part in the parade showing support for the president ahead of November's election.

"Oregon, today you came out and showed your love and support for our wonderful President, Donald J. Trump thank you! With so much that President Trump has done for our country it's the least we can do in return. The Silent Majority is tired of being silent, it's time for change in Oregon, and May so help us God," Kristina Malimon wrote on Facebook.

Elsewhere, Trump supporters in Florida attempted to set a world record for the largest boat parade on Saturday. More than 1,180 boats are estimated to have taken part in the event in Clearwater which organizers called the "Mother of all Boat Parades."

According to Guinness World Records, the current largest boat parade saw 1,080 vessels, which was set in Terengganu, Malaysia, on 13 September 2014.

Another "Trump Boat Parade" over the Fourth of July weekend in South Carolina has already claimed to have broken the world record after more than 3,400 boats are said to have taken part in the 20-mile parade on Lake Murray.

"According to the 3rd party company whose expertise is counting people and things from the air, we had a record shattering 3,417 boats and over 30,000 people participating in the 'Trumptilla,'" Pressley Stutts, one of the parade's organizers, wrote on Facebook.

Speaking to Newsweek, fellow organizer Jason Cline said: "With all of the negative news of COVID-19 and burning, looting, and violence that came with the protests, people wanted something positive that we can all rally around. We had no idea we would receive such an overwhelmingly positive response."

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File photo: Boaters participate in the "Make America Great Again" parade as they celebrate US President Donald Trump's 74th birthday on the Detroit River in Detroit, Michigan on June 13, 2020. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP/Getty