Twenty-one teens at a church camp rushed to Houston-area hospitals after beach boardwalk collapses; five taken by medical helicopter
- Part of a wooden ramp collapsed at Stahlman Park in Surfside Beach, Texas
- At least 21 people were taken to the hospital, five of whom were airlifted, according to local outlets
- None of the campers sustained life-threatening injuries
Twenty-one teenagers were injured in Surfside Beach, Texas, when a section of the boardwalk at Stahlman Park gave way Thursday.
The incident occurred at around 12:30 pm at the beachside park.
Pictures after the collapse show that a large piece of wood from the ramp that appears to connect the boardwalk to the beach had fallen in on itself.
Several Life Flight helicopters were dispatched to the scene; three were seen landing near the park.
A gap is seen on the Stahlman Park walkway that collapsed Thursday, injuring 21 teenagers
The ramp leading from the walkway to the Gazebo that collapsed around midday
The group of teenagers, 21 of whom were taken to the hospital, were wearing matching pale yellow shirts
According to the Surfside Fire Department, at least five teenagers were flown to the hospital. None of the injured campers sustained life-threatening injuries.
According to local outlet The Facts, the injured were part of a large group at the beach, who were all wearing matching yellow T-shirts.
Bayou City Fellowship leaders confirmed the group of teenagers aged 14-18 were from fellowship summer camp.
Emergency Medical Service crews from Surfside, Freeport, Oyster Creek, Clute and Lake Jackson were all called to help treat the injured, according to local reports.
Law enforcement officials were seen inspecting the area after it had been cleared.
Surfside Beach, Texas is a small town on the Gulf Coast, about an hour south of Houston. It is in Brazoria County and has a population of fewer than 1,000 people.
Law enforcement are seen inspecting the area after the collapse
Surfside Beach Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Justin Mills said firefighters responded to a call at the park at 12.34pm. The department then set up a landing zone for hospital helicopters.
It is unclear how or why the walkway collapsed.