Flip flops restaurant dock collapsed.

Dock collapses at Fort Lauderdale restaurant

The deck of a Florida waterfront restaurant collapsed this Saturday, sending diners into the water. Two diners were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Fire officials told news outlets the diners were eating outside at the Fort Lauderdale waterfront restaurant when a portion of the deck fell. At least three adults swam to a nearby boat at the dock and were pulled from the water by other people.

ollowing the collapse, at least three adults swam to a boat near the dock and were pulled out of the water by other people, per AP.

The dock appeared to have signs of decay. Fort Lauderdale fire rescue battalion chief Stephen Gollan told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. It also appeared that repairs had recently been carried out, he said. 

According to WPLG Local 10, Fort Lauderdale building officials were investigating the structural integrity of the dock. 

Flip Flops Dockside Eatery dock collapsed.

In a mission statement on its website, the restaurant states that it wants everyone “to feel at home and to relax.” It describes itself as a place where people can escape their worries “and chill out dockside watching the boats sail along the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal while listening to the sounds of the islands.”

A representative who answered the restaurant’s phone Saturday said they could not comment on the incident.

Friendly little restaurant for boaters

If you are looking for a very, very casual place, with a great location and and solid food, this is it. No need to be seated, just go in and sitt down at a free table. The food is simple but well prepared. Very friendly staff.

This place has the best fish tacos I have ever had. Simply phenomenal. The restaurant is very relaxed and food is quick to serve. The price point of the restaurant is generous for the quality and quantity. A Sunday all day happy hour adds to the fun and value.

Flip Flops, which is located right next to the popular Shooters Waterfront restaurant, remained closed for the rest of the evening.

The broken dock at Flip Flops.
Max Francisco