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May 3, 10:02 AM (ET)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Partygoers apparently hoping to catch a glimpse of nude sunbathers crowded on one side of a floating barge, prompting the ship to capsize and dump all 60 people into Lake Travis.

Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries Sunday after the rented double-decker barge sank near Hippie Hollow, a lakeside park and the only public nude beach in Texas.

The accident occurred 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 as it neared Hippie Hollow, creating uneven distribution and making it tilt. It sank in 50-foot-deep water.

Krista Umscheid, a spokeswoman for the Lower Colorado River Authority, said that although everyone aboard was accounted for, Travis County sheriff's divers were checking compartments of the sunken pontoon boat as a precaution.
 

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Well, .... did they catch a glimpse??
 

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I'm confused... Who wrote that article? The reporter said it sank in 50 feet of water. But I found another article that said it was floating upside down and they were able to right it, and there was a photo (of the barge being righted, not of the nudists).

-tiny-B.
 

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http://www.fox7.com/dynamic/story.asp?category=2

Safety Changes May be Needed for Party Boats

5/4/04

The company that rented the party boat that capsized with 57 people on board Sunday says some safety changes may be necessary.
Staff at Just for Fun Boat Rentals spent much of the day Monday sorting through personal belongings lost in Lake Travis.
Apparently the boat overturned when too many people filled one side of the barge.
But the owner of the company says that has never happened and wants to see what an investigation into the matter turns up.
Still, he says he'll look at modifications in safety policies and practices.
 

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The worst maritine disaster and loss of life opn the great lakes happened in almost exactly the same fashion in Chicago almost a hundred years ago. A cruise ship was loading passnegers at a city dock for a large company picnic. People were standing at the rail watching their friends arrive when the ship suddenly capsized. It looked similar to the Bob Lo boat. Don't remember the name of the ship but I believe over a thousand people lost their lives.
 

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what people wont do for a little bit of skin, jees. come it's 2004 we have the internet and high speed cable modems for that stuff...


and Muscamoot Bay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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QUOTE(Cadmonkey @ May 5 2004, 12:36 PM)what people wont do for a little bit of skin, jees. come it's 2004 we have the internet and high speed cable modems for that stuff...


and Muscamoot Bay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
these same people will probably get a petitiion going to ban nudity at the beach cause it's dangerous, not only to the puritans minds but to their health when the hurt themselves gawking
 

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QUOTE(damn yankee @ May 4 2004, 07:45 PM)All those folks almost made the Darwin Awards!!!!
LOL!!!! They should at least get an honorable mention
 
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