According to the Associated Press, a group of partiers got a bit more excitement than they bargained for when they managed to capsize their double decker party barge by rushing to one side of the barge in order to sightsee the only nude beach in Texas.
Some 60 "Splash Day" revelers hoping to see nude sunbathers tipped over their double-decker barge when they crowded one side of the vessel.Since the barge was tied up at the beach, however, it doesn't seem (to me, anyway) that the mere presence of a nude beach was reason enough for everyone to crowd one side of the vessel. Seems to me that there was something of great interest going on towards that side of the barge to interest everyone.
They were rescued Sunday from Lake Travis, including two with minor injuries, authorities said.
The accident happened during Splash Day, a semiannual event hosted at the clothing-optional area by the Austin Tavern Guild, a gay and lesbian bar association.
Witnesses said that all of the people aboard the barge moved to one side after it was tied up at Hippie Hollow, the only public nude beach in Texas, creating uneven distribution and making it tilt.
"As the captain was running upstairs to tell them to move away from the railing, it capsized," dumping its passengers into about 39 feet of water, Travis County sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade said.
Come on, AP, tell us the whole story. Inquiring minds want to know!
Len on 05.04.04 @ 06:47 PM CST