Wind-Swept Umbrella Kills Lady At South Carolina Beach, Officials Say


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On Wednesday, an unattended beach umbrella reportedly impaled a woman in the chest, killing her. Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard told the press that the wind at about 12:40 p.m. had blown the umbrella loose from its anchoring and that it had struck Tammy Perreault as she was enjoying the beach in Garden City.

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According to Willard, Perreault, 63, died of chest trauma about an hour after arriving at the hospital. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that beach umbrellas, which feature a spiked end to help push them into the sand, can become a hazard if they are not properly anchored due to their large canopies and the wind they generate.

There are an estimated 3,000 annual beach umbrella-related injuries, according to the federal agency. After a woman was killed in 2016 by a beach umbrella in Virginia, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner asked the safety agency to review the safety rules for umbrellas and launch a safety campaign.

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