OCEAN CITY, Md. (CBS/AP) — A spokeswoman for a Maryland beach town says a woman has been accidentally impaled in the chest by a beach umbrella.
Media outlets report Ocean City Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin says the unattended rental umbrella injured the 46-year-old Pennsylvania woman on Sunday.
He says lifeguards and other beachgoers held the umbrella steady until firefighters cut off the wooden pole.
They left a piece of the pole in her chest to avoid causing more damage. She was flown on a Maryland State Police helicopter to a nearby hospital so that doctors could perform X-rays to determine the best way to remove it.
He said the injury was not expected to be life-threatening. Her name wasn’t immediately released.
Last week, a woman was impaled by a beach umbrella on the New Jersey shore. Authorities said part of the umbrella pierced the woman’s ankle after being driven along by the force of the wind.
Borough Police Chief Tommy Boyd says fire crews had to use a bolt cutter on the umbrella to free the woman and put her in an ambulance.
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