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Miami Beach, Florida - Dozens of people reportedly fell into Biscayne Bay Thursday night after arestaurant'sback patio collapsed into Biscayne Bay.

Witnesses said people were dining and watching the Heat Game at Shuckers Bar &Grillwhen the structure below them gave way around 10.

Leah Masters, a hostess at Shuckers told CBS4 News that people had just gotten to their feet to cheer a Heat basket when the deck collapsed. Masters said several patrons jumped into the water to help those who had fallen in.

An official on scene gave preliminary estimates that 50 to 100 people were on the deck at the time of the collapse. He also said rescue divers later retrieved 24 victims from the water.

According to a news conference, at least three of those victims received critical injuries.

Two helicopters were called in to light the scene, but officials at the scene said they believed everyone was accounted for.

CBS4 reported the Coast Guard was called in for assistance, and several air units flew in for the injured victims.

10 News will continue with updates on this developing story.


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