PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - The Bitou Municipality and Plett Tourism issued the following statemement following the accident at Lookout Deck yesterday:
"The Bitou Municipality and Plett Tourism have been advised that three individuals are being treated for "medium to serious" injuries which they received when a portion of a small deck at the Lookout Deck, a popular eating and leisure facility in Plettenberg Bay, fell approximately 1.8 meters today. Approximately six others were treated for minor cuts.
"Plett Tourism media spokesperson Patty Butterworth said the incident occurred when matric students were celebrating their results. "We wish those injured a speedy recovery", said Butterworth.
"The Lookout Deck owner, Chris Stroebel, said he was thankful there were few injuries.
"Stroebel said the deck slid down the wall, creating a gradient which caused those on the deck to slide down. "That particular area was not open at the time; however there were individuals using the area to smoke".
"We are very thankful there were limited injuries. We regret the accident but must emphasise that this should not be a reflection on the integrity of the building, or the individuals who maintain and run the restaurant."
"The Bitou Fire Department will provide an update on Wednesday morning. An inquiry into the cause of the accident is underway. Acting Bitou Municipal Manager, Reginald Smit said the cause of the incident was unknown and that engineers would be assessing the situation and provide feedback to the Municipality on Wednesday morning. The affected deck and adjacent structure will remain closed until the Municipality approves its reopening.
"The remainder of the Lookout Deck will trade as per normal."