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Continued: Miami-area sports bar deck collapses during NBA Finals, sending dozens into water; some hurt

  • Article by: BILL CORMIER , Associated Press
  • Last update: June 14, 2013 - 1:50 AM

He said 50 units responded, and divers were deployed — the water was about 4 feet deep right where the deck was — as air rescue units lit up the scene. Rescuers talked with eyewitnesses and they were able to account for persons they were with.

"We did an extensive search and after completing the search, we didn't find any other victims," he said.

Said Marino: "We could have had a lot more seriously injured people but right now it seems to be a very positive outcome."

Heat player Dwyane Wade said after the game that his thoughts were with the injured fans.

"I'd like to share our concerns as an organization and our gratitude to our fans back in Miami, but share our concerns for all that were injured tonight at Shucker's restaurant," he said.

North Bay Village is a small island in Biscayne Bay with a strip of restaurants, hotels, houses and condos that is attached by causeways to the mainland and also to Miami Beach. Pouring rain fell early Sunday near the Shuckers site, where a reporter later observed pilings sticking out of the water where the deck once was. Wood, chairs and palm trees were piled together in the water in a scene like after a hurricane.

Though not as trendy as South Beach, North Bay Village is one of the many tourist spots in and around Miami where locals and visitors converge.

North Bay Village Mayor Connie Leon Kreps went to the scene afterward and said she was grateful that no one had died.

"This is a real tragedy," she said. "Shuckers has been here for many, many years. People come from all around to enjoy the view and the food. This is really unfortunate."

She said the city would undertake a thorough investigation of what caused the collapse.

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