The outdoor deck of popular sports bar Shuckers collapsed into Biscayne Bay last evening, sending dozens of people into Biscayne Bay last evening.
According to The Miami Herald, the incident happened around 9:45 p.m., as patrons were watching the first half of the Miami Heat finals.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing a crack before the outside deck collapsed. Chris Volz was sitting at the bar when he heard a noise that "sounded like a freight train, then everyone was gone."
Bartenders dove into the water to rescue patrons and fire rescue workers from North Bay Village, Miami-Dade County, Miami, Miami Beach and El Portal used ladders to help people climb to safety.
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue captain Eugene Germain Jr., at least two dozen people were injured, with 15 people transported to various hospitals.
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