Shuckers Deck Collapses During Miami Heat Game: 24 Injured UPDATED

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As about a hundred fans were rooting on the Miami Heat on the deck of Shuckers, Miami's favorite waterside sports bar, when the structure collapsed just before halftime, at around 9:45 p.m. Twenty-four people were injured in the incident. According to NBC Miami, at least 15 have been sent to local hospitals, and so far three are listed in critical condition. One person may still be missing.

UPDATE: Rescuers have finished searching the water this morning. Up to 100 people fell into the water in the collapse, which sent 24 to the hospital. Two patients remain in critical condition this morning.

The deck reportedly gave way as revelers were cheering on a score by the Heat at the North Bay Village institution. Dozens of people were sent tumbling into the water below.

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"At the time we received the call, eyewitnesses said there were approximately 100 people on the deck give or take. When our divers arrived and our units arrived on scene, we were able to reach 24 victims, and those are the victims we are treating at this time," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Eugene Germain Jr. told WSVN.

According to the Miami Herald, victims were still being removed from the water as late as 11 p.m. and an emergency triage unit had been set up in parking lot.

Part of the 79th Street Causeway has been shut down, and drivers are advised to avoid the area so as not to impede the rescue.

UPDATE 11:45: Authorities believe they have now pulled everyone from the water.

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UPDATE: Rescuers from the Miami Fire Department, multiple police forces and the U.S. Coast Guard finished searching the water around Shuckers early this morning, CBS4 reports. After beating the Spurs last night, Dwyane Wade mentioned the collapse in his post-game interview.

"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," he said.

Heat owner Micky Arison also tweeted out his support:

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Shuckers Bar & Grill

1819 79th Str Causeway, Miami Beach, FL

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is there a load  capacity on these things?

thats something you don't think about...

Chuck Strigl
Chuck Strigl

so the deck folded just like Tony Parker in the 2nd half.... ouch

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Onyx, you might want to practice NOT talking out of your ass. Just for a change of pace

Dominique Androuin
Dominique Androuin

Perhaps the owner should have spent the money he used putting in new awnings and tvs on renovating the old deck instead.

J Leal Angel
J Leal Angel

hey onyx, what do you do that's so great? fk yourself

Onyx E. Starz
Onyx E. Starz

good people are acting like morons over a stupid basketball game...

Ted Hubbart
Ted Hubbart

I hope everyone is well soon and that none of the injuries were serious..

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 Rich Sena, a former manager at Shuckers, recalled several problems with the roughly 100 feet by 30 feet wooden deck. He left the company about a year ago.

Sena said loose wooden plants were a constant issue and it became more difficult to screw them back down.

"It wouldn't stick to anything," he said. "The bit would just keep spinning. The screw would spin and there was nothing to grab on to. It just felt like there was nothing underneath to hold on to."

Sena added that a sign posted on the patio says the maximum capacity was 75 people, and he was surprised to hear authorities estimate that 100 people were on the deck when it collapsed.

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