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.
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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