Posted June 14, 2013

Miami sports bar’s deck collapses during Finals Game 4 between Heat and Spurs

2013 NBA Finals, Ben Golliver, Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs
(Tom Tuckwell/WSVN)

The deck at a Miami sports bar collapsed, sending patrons into the Biscayne Bay. (Tom Tuckwell/WSVN)

A Miami sports bar’s outdoor deck collapsed during Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs on Thursday night, sending dozens of fans spilling into Biscayne Bay.

WPTV.com reports that authorities confirmed that the incident occurred at Shuckers Bar & Grill in Miami’s North Bay Village.

About 100 people are believed to have been on the deck at the time of the collapse, Miami-Dade Fire Lt. Eugene Germain told reporters. Authorities are treating 24 victims, three of whom have “critical injuries,” Germain said. Officials believe no one is missing.

WSVN.com reported additional details.

Rescue divers are on the scene. Three people are with critical injuries. 24 people are injured and have been transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

7News director Tom Tuckwell witnessed the collapsed. He said he had his back to the bay when he heard an enormous roar. When he turned around, he saw people disappearing beneath him.

The Miami Herald reported that the deck collapsed less than an hour after the 9 p.m. ET tip of Game 4, which took place in San Antonio’s AT&T Center.

The accident occurred at around 9:45 p.m. The packed outdoor patio deck gave way as up to 100 people were cheering the Miami Heat in their run against the Spurs. Scores of customers fell into several feet of water in the bay in the collapse. All lights went off at the eatery.

“We share our concerns for all who were injured tonight at Shucker’s restaurant,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said in his postgame comments.

Heat owner Micky Arison posted a message of support on Twitter shortly after Game 4.

“Awful news about deck collapse at Shuckers,” he said. “Wishing anyone injured a speedy recovery.”

Shuckers is located roughly seven miles northeast of American Airlines Arena. The restaurant’s website pitches “outdoor dining on a dock over Biscayne Bay” and calls itself “the premium name in scenic and casual dining.”

The Heat went on to win 109-93 in San Antonio to even the series at two games apiece. LeBron James finished with a game-high 33 points (on 15-for-25 shooting), 11 rebounds and four assists and Wade added 32 points (on 14-for-25 shooting), six rebounds, four assists and six steals.

Game 5 is set for Sunday in San Antonio before the series shifts back to Miami for Game 6 on Tuesday.

Top photo via Tom Tuckwell / WSVN

19 comments
M20
M20

It's a wonder that more structures don't collapse under the crushing weight of Miami egos...

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Did Shaq step out on the deck?

carnage_2012
carnage_2012

Good, it couldn't have happened to a more fair weather "fan" base than miami.

Shaun1
Shaun1

Is there a competing sports bar in the area? I smell sabotage

ianforbes
ianforbes

It's the US, so class action lawsuit should be on it's way quickly I'm sure.

James C
James C

@ianforbes You are correct, a number of lawsuits will likely be filed in this case, and eventually it will likely end up in a class action status. The bigger issue won't be the lawsuits filed against the owner, but will criminal charges be filed in this matter against the owner/operator of this establishment? Decks don't normally collapse on their own, so something must have caused this to happen. Was it structurally sound in the first place? Was it over capacity? Had the property owner properly inspected and maintained the deck? All of these are questions that must be answered by investigators. The other factor that will determine the possible chargers that might be levied against the owner is the recovery of those injured in the accident. If the injured all fully recover then the charges would be much less than if one of the critically injured passes away from their injuries. 


For the injured patrons sake, I hope they all completely recover from their injuries. Nobody should ever have their life changed or taken from them simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time watching a basketball game on TV hanging out with friends. 

6marK6
6marK6

@ianforbes your concern for human life is touching. people are critically inured and you are worried about a bar owner seeing his insurance go up.

umdet13
umdet13

@ianforbes Yeah, the US should totally be more like Bangladesh where nobody is held responsible for buildings being up to code.

M20
M20

@James C @ianforbes It is extremely unlikely that a class would be certified here. 24 injured people (and probably even fewer than that with injuries worth seeking recovery over) will not meet the numerosity requirement.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@M20@James C@ianforbeshttp://employment-law.burgsimpson.com/do-i-have-a-class-action-the-numerosity-requirement.html

There is no hard and fast number for how many other people need to have suffered the injury to make class certification a possibility. It just has to be more people than could reasonably be expected to come to court and present their cases individually. That number varies depending on the complexity of the underlying claims, but by the time you get to approximately 40 people who have suffered an identical injury, a class action becomes a real possibility. Some classes are smaller, while others have tens of thousands of people in them.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@M20 I supplied a link for you further below. It's obviuos there is no "set" minimum number to satisfy numerosity. It depends on the state and more importantly the situation. So, instead of your snarky comment denying those that were hurt to seek the class action, you should probably do more research on "your" laws.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@M20 @ianforbes If you're gonna call me snarky you might want to educate us on US law and explain why it almost certainly cannot be a class action. Looking forward to your response.

M20
M20

@ianforbes If you're going to be snarky about our litigious culture, at least get your law right. This almost certainly cannot be a class action.

Aaron14
Aaron14

@ianforbes @6marK6 People were critically injured and you take the opportunity to make a statement about frivolous lawsuits??? I think most would agree with you about that but you appear to be out of line mentioning that here.