Diners fall into water after dock partially collapses at Florida restaurant

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two people suffered minor injuries on Friday when a dock outside a South Florida restaurant partially collapsed into the Intracoastal Waterway.

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A 15-by-15-foot portion of the dock at Flip Flops Dockside Eatery fell into the water at about 5 p.m. EST, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told the Sun-Sentinel.

Four people were eating outside together when the deck collapsed beneath them, according to WTVJ-TV.

At least three adults swam to a boat docked nearby and were pulled from the water, Gollan told the Sun-Sentinel.

Fire Rescue personnel took two injured people to an area hospital, WPLG-TV reported.

The dock had apparent signs of decay and visible areas that were recently repaired, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The restaurant was open Saturday but the deck was cordoned off and closed, according to the newspaper.

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