Emerald Isle Police are reporting that at least 14 people were injured when a deck overlooking the ocean collapsed at a residence in Emerald Isle. Police say that the family was on the deck preparing to take a family photo when the event occurred.
At 6:59pm, police received a call to 4403 Ocean Drive where the caller reported the collapse and multiple victims. First Responders from Emerald Isle arrived on scene within minutes and began treating and triaging patients. Due to the number of casualties involved, neighboring agencies were called in to assist in transporting and dealing with the victims.
Indian Beach, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Western Carteret all sent Fire and EMS units to assist, while Broad and Gales Creek Fire Departments were also dispatched to provided assistance. Morehead City EMS provided a mass casualty bus to treat and transport victims.
Police are reporting that at least one victim was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and at least two others are reported to be in critical condition. The severity of injuries to the remaining victims are not known at this time, however 14 people were transported to the hospital from the scene. The cause of the collapse is not known at this time.