Beachgoer Pierced in Chest by Windswept Beach Umbrella

Someone apparently left a rental umbrella unattended
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2018 3:57 AM CDT
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(Newser) – In yet another example of the dangers of beach umbrellas, a woman was pierced in the chest by one in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday afternoon. Police say someone left a rental umbrella unattended without returning it to the stand, and the wooden pole ended up piercing the skin of a 46-year-old woman from Pennsylvania after the wind swept the umbrella away, WBOC reports. First responders cut it but didn't remove it completely out of concern they might cause more damage; the woman was flown to a hospital. Her current condition hasn't been reported, but her injuries were not said to be life-threatening, WMDT reports. (A very similar story happened last week.)

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