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Restaurant Patio Collapse Dumps Dozens Into Biscayne Bay

By: CBS Miami Email
By: CBS Miami Email
Witnesses say people were dining at Shuckers Bar & Grill.

Shuckers deck collapse, CBS Miami (Photo credit: Miami Fire Rescue)

CBS Miami

NORTH BAY VILLAGE (CBS4) – Search crews have ended their work at a restaurant after part of a restaurant patio collapsed sending dozens of people into Biscayne Bay Thursday night.

Witnesses said people were dining and watching Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay Village when the unthinkable happened. Fans of the Miami Heat had just risen to their feet to cheer a Heat basket when the floor fell out from under them.

“We walk in, we take a few steps in, my mom was looking for a hostess and you just hear *crunch crunch,* curiosity, and then it was bam, pillar coming down, pillar, pillar, and people screaming and yelling, pieces of wood hitting the water,” said witness Anthony Herrerra.

Leah Masters, a hostess at Shuckers, said bartenders and multiple patrons jumped into the water to help those who had fallen into the water when the deck collapsed.

“I actually went in the water. We were pushing people out; my son was pulling people out, Trayvon Williams was pulling people out of the water,” said Good Samaritan Eric Williams. “Even some of the first responders because as they got there, they realized the footing was, the water was slimy. The deck was wet, and we pulled people out and pushed people up and moved chairs and tables and so forth.”

Miami Fire Rescue’s Lt. Ignatius Carroll said a total of up to 100 people fell into the water when the deck gave way. A total of 33 people were hurt and 24 of the injured were taken to local hospitals. Out of those taken to the hospital, two were in critical condition.

“That was a big gathering watching the Miami Heat and Spurs,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Griselle Marino. “There were a lot of TVs and everybody was in celebration and it was loud. So when it started happening, some people didn’t even realize what was going on.”

Multiple rescue and law enforcement agencies responded to the scene within minutes of the initial call. The U.S. Coast Guard also joined in the initial search and rescue operation.

Multiple rescue and law enforcement agencies responded to the scene within minutes of the initial call. The U.S. Coast Guard also joined in the initial search and rescue operation.

“We will continue to do whatever we can to assist during this incident,” said Cmdr. Darren Caprara, Coast Guard Sector Miami chief of response. “We are fortunate to have strong interagency relationships and are poised to continue to assist our local agency partners as needed.”

Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, who was playing in San Antonio in Game 4, talked about the Shuckers’ collapse after his great performance in the game.

“I want to share our concerns as an organization and our gratitude to our fans back in Miami for their support and share our concerns for those who were injured tonight at Shuckers Restaurant,” Wade told the media during a post-game press conference in San Antonio.

Heat owner Micky Arison also weighed in wishing the best for anyone who was injured when the deck gave way.

“Awful news about deck collapse @ Shuckers. Wishing anyone injured a speedy recovery,” Arison tweeted.

Mayor Connie Crepes also thanked everyone who responded and got the word out quickly about the deck collapse.

“It’s very sad and very unfortunate and I want to say thank you for all the resources that came in minutes,” Mayor Crepes said.

Investigators were on the scene throughout the night and are expected to continued their work Friday to figure out what caused the deck at Shuckers to fall.


CBS Miami

NORTH BAY VILLAGE (CBS4) – Dozens of people fell into Biscayne Bay Thursday night after a section of a restaurant patio collapsed in North Bay Village.

Witnesses say people were dining and watching the Heat game at Shuckers Bar & Grill at 1819 79th Street Causeway when the structure below them gave way.

Leah Masters, a hostess at Shuckers told CBS4 News that people had just gotten to their feet to cheer a Heat basket when the deck collapsed.

Miami Fire Rescue spokesperson Iggy Carroll said 100 people fell into the water. Of those 100, 24 people were treated for injuries and 3 people are critical. The Coast Guard said at least two people are still unaccounted for.

CBS4′s Brian Andrews reports the entire deck has collapsed and the Coast Guard has been called in to rescue people in the water. Several divers are also in the water looking for victims.

Multiple air rescue units have been called in for the injured victims.


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CBS Miami

NORTH BAY VILLAGE (CBS4) – Dozens of people reportedly fell into Biscayne Bay Thursday night after a section of a restaurant patio collapsed in North Bay Village.

Witnesses say people were dining at Shuckers Bar & Grill attached to the Best Western Hotel at 1819 79th Street Causeway when the structure below them gave way.

It is unclear if there are any injuries.


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