Margaret Reynolds, who was visiting from London, was basking on the beach when the stake of a flying umbrella went through her ankle, according to Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Police Detective Steven Korman.
First responders had to use bolt cutters to split the rod on-site so she could be transported to the hospital.
Reynolds was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment and has been discharged.
“It was a beautiful day and a gust of wind blew the umbrella,” Reynolds said in a statement from the hospital. “It was just an accident.”
Although being impaled by a beach umbrella sounds like a fluke, injuries like Reynolds’ are not unheard-of.
- Set your umbrella 18 to 24 inches deep in the sand.
- Tilt the umbrella toward the wind to prevent gusts from lifting it.
- If it’s windy, do not set an umbrella.
News credit : Cnn