Miami Deck Collapse

June 15, 2013 by  

Miami Deck Collapse, An outdoor deck at a Miami area sports bar partially collapsed late last night, spilling dozens of people watching Game 4 of the NBA finals into Biscayne Bay and injuring 33, two of them seriously, authorities said.

About 100 people were on the deck behind Shuckers Bar and Grill when it collapsed about 9:45 p.m., said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lieutenant Arnold Piedrahita.

“Fortunately only 33 people were injured, 24 of those people were transported to local hospitals and only two were in serious condition,” Piedrahita said.

The injured were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Details on their condition were not available.

Rescue divers started to search for a patron thought to be missing after the deck slumped into the water, but called it off after determining the report was not reliable, Piedrahita said.

Shuckers, which has an outdoor patio deck, is attached to a hotel on a busy, four-lane causeway linking Miami and Miami Beach.

Fans had packed into the bar to cheer on the Miami Heat against NBA rivals the San Antonio Spurs, when the decking gave way at about 9:45 p.m., minutes before the game’s halftime, patrons told local television news.

Dozens of police and fire-rescue units from around Miami-Dade rushed to the scene after the sudden collapse.

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