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article imagePier collapses during prom photo shoot, teens soaked

By Leigh Goessl     May 10, 2012 in Lifestyle
Oconomowoc - Proms are typically memorable, but one group of teens had a prom they're bound never to forget after the pier they were standing on during a photo shoot collapsed under their feet.
A group of students in Wisconsin, who attend Kettle Moraine High School, were embarking on a special night last weekend, the prom. According to CNN/WISN-TV, the group had decided to take their pre-prom photos at Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc.
As the large group was assembling themselves on the pier, suddenly the wooden structure began to collapse, with almost all of the dressed-up teens ending up in the water.
"It's completely unexpected. It doesn't even happen on TV, and all of a sudden here it is happening to us," said junior Matt Timm. "I heard like, one crack, and then the whole thing collapsed from under us."
The group ended up soaking wet, but one duo managed to avoid the plunge. Ryan Skrove and Anne McCormack escaped the waters, thanks to Skrove's quick reaction.
"I just grabbed her and then managed to keep my feet on the beams without falling through," said Ryan Skrove, who is a senior.
Fortunately no one was injured in the pier's collapse. The mother hosting the event jumped in the lake to assist and ensure everyone was all right.
“It was akin to [watching] a car accident,” mother Kathy McCormack, who was taking photos of her daughter Anne, told ABC News. “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.”
After the mishap, the group scrambled to get cleaned up using an army of clothes and hair dryers, in addition to needing to make quick hair and makeup repairs. Parents all jumped in to assist in getting new dress shirts for the guys and drying the tuxes and dresses in the machines.
This must not have been an easy feat considering the hours put into preparations before the photo shoot.
Timm's date, Miranda Sachtschale, also a junior, said, "I pretty much spent the day," getting ready.
In the end, the group did manage to make it to the prom, and a good time appears to have been had by all. It was reported the group had posted photos of their adventure on Facebook.
"We're laughing about it now and it's hilarious, and I'm sure my kids will laugh at it," said junior Tom Gensler. "It'll be remembered a long time."
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