Friday, June 6, 2014
Sassy and Brian Henry, owners of the Sea View Inn on Pawleys Island, have issued a statement after Friday's deck collapse that injured more than a dozen people.
They say there were at least 30 people on the porch when it fell at about 6:15 p.m. Friday.
The couple says guests were gathering in the dining room for supper when some of them noticed a double rainbow over the ocean.
The entire group went outside to take pictures and were standing on the small, elevated deck just below the main ocean porch.
"The best indication that we have is that there were over 30 people on the deck for this photo. 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 statement says.
As reported Friday, a medical helicopter was called to standby but was not needed.
"Everyone, with the exception of one very dear friend/guest, have been released from the hospital with injuries ranging from cracked ribs and lacerations, to a broken ankle. 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," the Henry's state.
"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."
Midway Fire Rescue Chief Doug Eggiman said 13 people were taken to Waccamaw and Grand Strand hospitals.
By 6:50 p.m. Friday it was reported the deck was secured and everyone was accounted for.
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. A total of 12 ambulances were used during the incident, Eggiman said.
Georgetown City firefighters were called to help man Midway's coverage area.
An Horry County ambulance was used to respond to an unrelated medical call while other units were tied up, Eggiman added.
County building inspector Robert Cox was called to the scene and determined the rest of the Sea View Inn was structurally sound so the business did not have to close.
Ironically, the collapse happened on the same day USA Today published an article naming the Sea View Inn as one of the most romantic places in South Carolina to hold a wedding.