Myrtle Beach Deck Collapses Before Summer Tourism Season

Beachside deck on Pawleys Island collapses, sending multiple people to the hospital.
1:42 | 06/07/14

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morning. We're going to go to the serious deck collapse in the water near Myrtle Beach, south Carolina. Vacationers eager to snap pictures of a rainbow found themselves in the middle of a horror scene. And Michelle Franzen is here with the latest. Reporter: The group has gathered, ready to mark a happy moment with a photo. When suddenly, the wooden structure gave way. More than a dozen people are recovering after a deck collapse at an ocean front inn in south Carolina. It's horrific. Wood and splinters and nails and a lot of blood. Reporter: Police say about 25 people were on the deck. About 12 to 15 feet off the ground, when it buckled like a trap door. The people on the bottom suffered the most serious injuries. Reporter: That rescue effort, massive in scale. Ten ambulances, six fire trucks, various police and a helicopter were called in. We have injures possibly broken ribs and difficulty breathing. All of the others had broken bones, contusions, sprains and that type of thing. Reporter: Witnesses say the group was trying to take a selfie, against this rainbow that appeared after a thunderstorm right before the deck came crashing to the ground. I was standing there. And all of a sudden, the deck started to collapse. And I jumped quicker than some people did. Reporter: Officials say at least a dozen people were taken to a local hospital to be treated for what they describe as nonlife-threatening injuries. Meanwhile, investigators will be checking out that deck, trying to determine the exact cause. Big questions. Michelle, thank you.

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