13 fall into water after dock collapses in Boca Raton

Thirteen people fell into the water Tuesday after a dock collapsed in Boca Raton, authorities said.

"They were together in this area for a family reunion and while they were there, they wanted to get a group picture out on the water, so they were in the process of stacking everybody up," Bob Lemon of Boca Raton Fire Rescue said. "Tall people in the back and short people in the front."

The incident was reported at a condominium complex on 18th Street, between South Dixie Highway and Federal Highway.

At least 15 adults were already standing on the dock when the wood started to cave in. 

"It didn't drop straight down," Lemon said. "It dropped at an angle, so it looks more like a ramp. Some people went directly in the water and tumbled down." 

Boca Raton Fire Rescue officials said the dock, which was 1 or 2 feet high, collapsed, sending the people on it into the water.

Officials said all injuries were minor and people were just mostly wet. Two people were  taken to Boca Regional Hospital with minor injuries, Lemon said. 

Inspectors were called to the scene to determine what caused the dock to collapse.

Residents of the waterfront community said they are upset that the incident took place. 

"I mean it's scary," Jamie Aguayo said. "Why don't they have these things up-to-date. They've gone through management over and over again since I've been here and the last two years and they don't have these things taken care of. It could have been me and my friends having a party here while we are living here."

Local 10 News reached out to city officials about the incident and the management group of the community. Calls were not answered by the time this story aired. 

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