Balcony Collapses in Panama City Beach

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A Georgia family is rethinking their vacation plans to Panama City Beach after their condominium's balcony fell apart with them on it.

The Bates family came down from Newnan, Georgia to Panama City Beach hoping to have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. They were looking out at the beach on their second floor balcony when it collapsed around 9 P.M. on Tuesday.

"We were standing still kind of leaning on the edge. Not a crack, no noise or anything. We all just fell through. The whole floor," said Bryce Bates.

Bates says his family had rented the Largo Mar condominium on Thomas Drive for the holiday weekend and were supposed to leave Tuesday night. He says six people were on the second floor balcony when it came apart.

Deputies, paramedics and fire rescue personnel found the injured in the wreckage and took them to the hospital.

"It appears that the structure gave away and came apart from the main structure causing the collapse of the weight of the people on that," said Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Three had injuries including broken ribs, a broken knee, and a foot injury.

"It hurt really bad. I landed on my foot. My dad broke his ribs landing on his stomach on the rail. Didn't have much time to really feel it," said Bates.

Deputies say none of the injuries were life threatening. The Bates family says they do want the largo mar condominium complex to cover their medical bills.

Newschannel 7 did try to speak with the complex's management about the incident, but they did not want to comment.


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