(EMERALD ISLE, N.C.) — At least 14 people were injured Saturday when a deck collapsed at a North Carolina beach house, officials said.
According to Emerald Isle Police, members of a family were on a deck overlooking the ocean preparing to take a family photo shortly before 7 p.m. when the structure collapsed.
First Responders from Emerald Isle arrived on scene within minutes and began treating and triaging patients, police said.
Due to the number of casualties involved, neighboring agencies were called in to assist with 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 reported 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 were not known Saturday evening, police said however 14 people were transported to the hospital from the scene.
The cause of the collapse was not known as of Saturday evening, police said.
Of the people who were taken to Carteret General Hospital, three were in critical condition and the rest suffered non-life threatening injuries, hospital spokeswoman Tonya Fluellen said.
Another two people were airlifted from the scene to a different hospital, and were also believed to be in critical condition, the Carteret hospital spokeswoman said.
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