Photo of Shuckers Collapse Aftermath Goes Viral

Harrison Ruggiero's photo following the deck collapse at Shucker's Bar & Grill has gone viral.

By Justin Finch
|  Saturday, Jun 15, 2013  |  Updated 3:54 PM EDT
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Seconds before it came crashing down, Harrison Ruggiero was on the Shuckers deck watching the Heat-Spurs game on TV. Once the deck - along with chairs, tables, and umbrellas - fell into the water, he snapped a photo of the debris that soon went viral. NBC 6's Justin Finch reports.

Seconds before it came crashing down, Harrison Ruggiero was on the Shuckers deck watching the Heat-Spurs game on TV. Once the deck - along with chairs, tables, and umbrellas - fell into the water, he snapped a photo of the debris that soon went viral. NBC 6's Justin Finch reports.

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Injured Talk About Deck Collapse

Twelve hours after the deck collapse at Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay Village, Rebecca Diaz went back to see what the scene looked like during the day. She and Eric Williams, who jumped into the unknown to help those who were trapped in the water, spoke about what happened Thursday night.

Shuckers Had Filed Plans To Renovate Deck That Collapsed

Shuckers Bar & Grill had filed plans to renovate the deck that collapsed Thursday night. But about six months ago, the permits all expired and as far as the city's records show, no work was done. North Bay Village Police Chief Robert Daniels discussed the collapse. Skip Reed, who has four decades of experience in building construction, said that there are no routine inspections of an outdoor deck like the one that collapsed. No one answered at the restaurant owner's home when NBC 6 went there, and so far he hasn't returned a message seeking comment.
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Two days later, the shock of the Shuckers Bar & Grill deck collapse is still settling in for those who survived it, or helped rescue the victims.

Many of the estimated 33 victims are still recovering from their wounds and one man's snapshot of the aftermath has gone viral.

Seconds before it came crashing down, Harrison Ruggiero was on the Shuckers deck watching the Heat-Spurs game on TV along with friends, and a crowd of Heat fans.

"Everybody's cheering, and the next thing you hear is, like, a cracking noise, and people screaming," Ruggiero said.

The screams, the cracking, the sounds of catastrophe rang in just before 10 p.m. Thursday. The Shuckers' 120 by 30-foot back deck, supporting an estimated 100 people, caved in without warning.

Divers were called in to sift through the sea of debris -- of chairs, tables, and umbrellas -- and pull out the injured. Victims entered makeshift triage on site, before being rushed to nearby hospitals, including Mount Sinai and Jackson Memorial.

"I looked back and the whole deck was just collapsed behind me," Ruggiero said.

He said he and his friends helped rescue victims after the collapse. He snapped a photo of the aftermath and posted it to Instagram where it has gone viral.

"I had to take the picture, because I grew up going that restaurant," he said.

He now hopes one day he'll be able to go back.

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