June 14th, 2013 - by DKRPA
Last night, Miami Heat fans were nervous. Their team, down 2-1 in the NBA Finals, needed to win in San Antonio to even up the series. When the buzzer finally sounded, many Heat fans were relieved — they had evened up the series. But some Heat fans in Miami, Florida didn’t get to see the end of the game. Instead, the relief they would have felt after the game was replaced with fear, pain and shock.
Roughly 24 people at Shucker’s Restaurant were injured (some seriously) after the restaurant’s deck collapsed into the Biscayne Bay. Some witnesses say that about 100 people were out on the deck, which was crowded as fans arrived to watch the Heat game.
The collapse plunged patrons into water that was, thankfully, shallow. According to witnesses, the victims were able to stand in the water — but the amount of debris in the area made it very difficult for them to escape and for rescuers to reach them. To make things more complicated, the restaurant lost power after the deck collapse.
In the aftermath of this unfortunate incident, it is not known what the capacity limit for the deck was. An investigation is underway, and more details will be released in the coming days and weeks.
For the victims of this deck collapse, there will be medical bills to pay; they will lose wages because of missed work; and they will suffer physically and, for some, mentally.
If it is discovered that Shucker’s ignored its own capacity limit for the deck, then the restaurant will be liable for many of the costs associated with the incident.
Source: Miami Herald, “At least two dozen injured as deck collapses at Shuckers restaurant during Heat game,” Charles Rabin, Fernando Peinado, Hannah Simpson and Luisa Yanez, June 14, 2013