Woman dies after being impaled by beach umbrella in South Carolina

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A beachgoer was killed Wednesday after a loose beach umbrella impaled her in the chest, authorities in South Carolina said.

The umbrella was blown from its anchoring by the wind around 12:40 p.m. and hit Tammy Perreault while she was at a Garden City beach, Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard told CBS affiliate WBTW-TV .

Perreault, 63, died about an hour later at the hospital from chest trauma, Willard said.

Beach umbrellas have a spiked end to help push them into the sand and their wide canopy allows them to get caught up in a strong wind if they are not anchored properly, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said .

The federal agency estimates about 3,000 people are injured by beach umbrellas every year.

U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia asked the safety agency to review safety rules for beach umbrellas and start a safety campaign after a 55-year-old Virginia woman was killed by an umbrella in 2016.

According to a study published in the Journal of Safety Research in 2021 , the majority of patients with beach and patio umbrella injuries treated at emergency departments were women over the age of 40.

"The most frequently reported injury was laceration followed by contusions or abrasions and internal organ injury, and the body part with the highest proportion of injuries was the head/neck followed by the upper extremity," the study said.

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oh my lordy. bless her and her family. Any second and time people. Live life laugh and love to the fullest you just never know. ❤❤🙏🙏

Shirley Lake

My husband takes his cordless drill with a very long drill bit, makes a deep hole. When you are in ithe water and away from the umbrella put the umbrella down.

Edward K.

I smell lawsuit, either against the umbrella manufacturers for not making it safe or the umbrella owners for not anchoring it properly.


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