Promo Photo Disaster Pier Collapses During Prom Pictures

Posing for prom pictures in front of parents and friends has become a ritual for high school students, but a group of Wisconsin teens got more than they bargained for when the pier they were standing on collapsed and they fell into the lake.

“One of my friend’s was screaming and on the verge of tears and the other was laughing,” said one of them, Sydney Rogers.

A dozen students from Kettle Moraine High School were gathered at a friend’s lake house on Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc, Wisc., on Saturday afternoon, to take photos before the junior prom, ABC News affiliate WISN first reported. After a day of primping – manicures, pedicures, and hair appointments – the girls and their dates packed onto a wooden pier for a photo op.

“We were all trying to squeeze on one part of the pier…and we were trying to get more people on,” Rogers said. “All of a sudden I was standing in the water. We landed on our feet, but it went from posing for a picture to standing in the water, just like that.”

Smiles gave way to screams – from teens and parents alike — as the wooden pier collapsed and the teens fell in.

“It was akin to [watching] a car accident,” said mother Kathy McCormack, who was taking photos of her daughter Anne, a junior who was in the group shot. “You heard the screams coming off the dock and it was like they were falling one after the other in slow motion into the lake.”

Anne McCormack’s boyfriend Ryan Skrove managed to hold on to her and pull her onto an adjacent pier, stopping her from falling into the water below.

“My boyfriend saved me,” she said. “[I’m] very lucky. I couldn’t even tell you how he knew to grab me. We tipped for a second, [but] we were safe on the extra pier.  …We looked at everyone in awe.”

Parents ran over to help, and the mother who was hosting the event jumped into the lake to make sure everyone was all right.

“It was chaotic for sure,” Rogers said. “My mom was the most upset. She had a look of absolute horror on her face and she was gripping another mom’s arm and she was screaming.”

The teens laughed it off and quickly moved into clean-up mode, whipping out a sewing kit and hair dryers to dry their dresses. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured – just a few scrapes here and there — and none of the dresses were stained.

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Crane collapse in Manhattan kills 1, injures 4

A day after a construction boom crane crashed to the ground at a Manhattan work site, killing one construction worker and seriously injuring another, authorities are trying to figure out what caused the accident.

Dozens of workers showed up to the No. 7 subway line extension construction site Wednesday morning, not knowing a stop-work order had been imposed in the aftermath of Tuesday evening’s deadly collapse.

Michael Simmermeyer, 30, of Burlington, N.J., was identified as the worker who died in the accident. One other person was hospitalized in serious condition and three people were treated for minor injuries.

The crane was set up on the second of three levels at the construction site on the West Side, city officials said. The FDNY said the boom came apart in two pieces — one 80 feet long and the other 40 feet long.

Joe Travers, a construction worker, says he knew Simmermeyer. Travers described the man who died in the collapse as “just a nice guy” with whom he sometimes ate lunch.

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1 Dead In Harlem Building Collapse

One construction worker was killed and two were hospitalized after a collapse sent concrete slabs and bricks falling onto them at a work site on 130th Street Thursday.

A 1915 two-story warehouse was being demolished for a Columbia University expansion project, buildings department and FDNY officials said.

Workers on site had cut a structural beam, which is believed to have caused the site to become unstable, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear to officials whether the cut beam was an error or intentional as part of the work.

Two of the victims were near each other and a third was 50 feet away. It took firefighters 45 minutes to burrow a tunnel through the debris and rescue the third man, the FDNY said.

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Rare Glacier Collapse Enthralls Argentina – Raro Colapso De Glaciar Cautiva Argentina


A glacier collapse in Argentina Sunday wowed tourists lucky enough to be on hand to witness the rare sight.

Large chunks of the Perito Moreno glacier in the country’s National Park Los Glaciares began sliding off nearly seven days ago.  As the breaks began to occur, tourists gathered on large platforms to witness the phenomenon.

Those who stayed amid the dark clouds and storm were rewarded with seeing a spectacle of nature that first occurred in 1917 and has only happened two times since.  The last time such a collapse occurred was nearly four years ago, in July 2008.

The Perito Moreno glacier is located near the city of El Calafate in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, in the southern end of Argentina.


El imponente glaciar Perito Moreno, provincia de Santa Cruz, comenzó el proceso hacia su cíclica ruptura, un espectáculo que atrae a miles de turistas, confirmaron hoy fuentes oficiales.

El dique de hielo que separa el brazo Rico y el Canal de los Témpanos del Lago Argentino empezó a registrar filtraciones el pasado miércoles y se prevé que en los próximos días se produzca su estruendosa ruptura.

Medios de prensa comenzaron a instalarse en las pasarelas del Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, en la sureña provincia de Santa Cruz, desde donde puede observarse el glaciar a la espera del gran espectáculo.

Fuentes de la secretaría de Turismo de Santa Cruz indicaron a Efe que, si bien el proceso de ruptura se inició este miércoles, ya comenzaron a llegar visitantes a la zona y se espera una afluencia mayor para los próximos días.