An outdoor deck at a Miami sports bar collapsed Thursday night, throwing dozens of patrons who were watching the televised NBA Finals into the Biscayne Bay.
Reports from the incident indicate that the deck at Shuckers Bar and Grill in North Bay Village was supporting approximately 100 people when it collapsed into a shallow water bay.
Two people were left in serious condition, while 24 others were transported to local hospitals, Miami-Dade Fire officials told reporters.
"We have located and we're in the process of treating approximately 24 victims. The other individuals involved are what we call walking-wounded individuals that are stable," Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue spokesman Lt. Eugene Germain said.
Restaurant workers said the incident occurred at about 9:20 p.m. while patrons were watching Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. The deck reportedly collapsed after Heat fans jumped up to celebrate their team's scoring a basket.
“There was just a crack, and then we were in the water,” Crystal Infante told the Miami Herald. “It was really hard to get out, and you couldn’t find anyone.”
Customers who did not end up in the water reacted immediately in an effort to save those who might have been hurt or even trapped.
"People were screaming, 'Help us, help us.' Everyone was frantic at that point we pulled people out of the water," Harrison Ruggiero, who was sitting close by when the deck collapsed, told ABC News.
Eventually, dozens of emergency responders arrived on the scene and worked to get patrons to safety after the collapse.
While all the victims of the collapse were accounted for after the incident, Miami Heat team members expressed their concern for their hometown fans after the game was over.
“I want to share our concerns as an organization and our gratitude to our fans back in Miami for their support,” Heat player Dwyane Wade told reporters in a postgame interview.
The Heat rallied Thursday night to beat the Spurs, 109-93, evening out the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.
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