Image from the porch of Sea View Inn.. Photo from Facebook
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -
Eighteen people were hurt after a "major deck collapse" at an oceanfront inn on Pawleys Island Friday afternoon.
A deck collapsed around 6:15 p.m. at the Sea View Inn on Myrtle Avenue. According to Pawleys Island Police Chief Mike Fanning, 13 people were transported to local hospitals and five others received treatment on scene.
Fanning says upwards of 25 people were on the deck when it fell. Many were outside of the inn on its porch and decks to admire a rainbow over the ocean after a storm had passed through the area.
The Sea View Inn has a large porch facing the ocean, a deck just below that and a large deck midway between the inn and the beach. The structure that collapsed is a deck just below the porch.
Early reports said that as many as 12 people were hurt. One fire and rescue source said at least one person suffered critical injuries. Nine ambulances were called to the scene from various agencies along the Grand Strand.
The Sea View Inn released a statement on its page that says in part: "This deck was not in disrepair or in a compromised state. It was waterlogged from the recent deluge of rain and simply could not hold the weight. The one guest that remains hospitalized has a leg injury that will require surgery. We pray that she will have a successful surgery and full recovery. We feel a great deal of sadness for everyone injured and traumatized by this event. But we also have to thank the many emergency and fire personnel that responded so professionally and efficiently to this scene. Incredible. We also thank our staff for caring for our guests and those injured prior to the arrival of EMS. And we thank our guests themselves for helping each other, both emotionally and physically. The guests here this week, like most of our guests, are an extended family to each other."
Central dispatch called for ambulances from Midway Fire Rescue, Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Rescue, Georgetown County and Horry County because of the number of injuries, The Georgetown Times reported.