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Prom dates plunge into lake while taking photos after pier collapsed

Prom night was almost a complete washout for a group of students from the Kettle Moraine High School, Wisconsin, when they posed for a picture standing on a pier and ended up in the water.

After a day of styling – including manicures, pedicures and hair appointments – this group of teenagers gathered at the lake house home of one of their parents for the traditional prom night ritual of having their photographs taken.

And as more and more of them squeezed on to a wooden pier to pose for the camera, the wooden panels collapsed – and the party landed in the water.

Prom night was almost a complete washout for a group of students from the Kettle Moraine High School, Wisconsin, when they posed for a picture standing on a pier and ended up in the water

Prom night was almost a complete washout for a group of students from the Kettle Moraine High School, Wisconsin, when they posed for a picture standing on a pier and ended up in the water

One of the students, Sydney Rogers, told Wisn.com: “One of my friends was screaming and on the verge of tears and the other was laughing.

“We were all trying to squeeze on one part of the pier… and we were trying to get more people on.

“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.”

The students had gathered at a friend’s lakehouse in Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc, to have their photographs taken ahead of the big night.


As the teenagers lined up and leaned in closer for the big group shot, their parents looked on with pride. However, their smiles turned to shrieks as the pier collapsed, with some of their parents screaming in horror too.

Luckily, the students saw the funny side and were able to laugh about the mishap afterwards.

And they didn’t let it ruin the prom either: The resourceful teens – and their mothers – whipped out a sewing kit and hairdryers to repair the damage before heading off to enjoy their big night.

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