Miami Bar Deck Collapses During Game 4 of 2013 NBA Finals

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 14, 2013

Photo courtesy of Walter Michot, Miami Herald Staff.
Photo courtesy of Walter Michot, Miami Herald Staff.

A deck at a popular sports bar in Miami collapsed on Thursday night, sending a number of customers into the water below. 

According to The Miami Herald, approximately 100 people were on the deck of the popular Shuckers Bar & Grill at the time of the accident. They were watching the hometown Miami Heat take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, a game the Heat won 109-93. 

At about 9:45 p.m., the deck gave out. As people fell into the water, so did tables, chairs and other debris around them, making it difficult to get out. 

Police and rescue units quickly arrived at the scene, and divers immediately entered the water to begin rescuing the victims that needed help.  

At least two dozen people were injured, 15 were sent to hospitals and two were in serious condition.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Eugene Germain, per ABC News, everyone is accounted for, but authorities were continuing to make sure there were no other victims in the water. 

After the game, Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade expressed his concern for the victims, per CNN's Rachel Nichols:

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Wade at the podium: "First, I want to share our concerns for all injured tonight at Shuckers restaurant"

— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 14, 2013

One onlooker, courtesy of The Herald, gave his account of what happened:

Chris Volz, 39, said he was sitting at the western end of the bar, about 10 feet from where the deck gave way. “Everybody’s watching the game. It sounded like a freight train, then everyone was gone. The deck went down like a V.” He said it happened in a split second and that no one had a chance to get away.

Shuckers is located in North Bay Village, which is isolated over Biscayne Bay and is just north of AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat play their home games.