A South Carolina woman was killed after being impaled in the chest by an umbrella that blew away in a gust of wind, local officials said.
Tammy Perreault was on a Garden City beach when the umbrella slipped from its anchor and struck her around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Horry County Assistant Medical Examiner Tamara Willard told reporters.
Officials said off-duty medical workers and Good Samaritans went into action, providing assistance to Perreault while they awaited the arrival of an ambulance.
But the 63-year-old woman died of chest trauma about an hour later at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, according to the WMBF.
“This is a terrible loss and we know our community is suffering,” Thomas Bell, a spokesman for Horry County’s emergency management, told the outlet. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim as they navigate this difficult time.”
Scotty’s Surfside Bar posted a touching tribute to Perreault on their Facebook page.
“Today it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of a dear friend and kind hearted local, Tammy Perreault,” the post reads. “Some things we will never understand, but we know that nobody has anything bad to say about this woman. Being as cute as her day in and day out should be a goal for everyone.”
Injuries and deaths from parasols caught in the wind and hurtling across the beaches are not uncommon.
The spiked end of umbrellas can become deadly once a gust of wind catches the device’s canopy and sends it flying, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The federal agency estimates that about 3,000 people are injured by umbrellas each year.
In 2016, 55-year-old Lottie Michelle Belk was killed by a windblown beach umbrella in Virginia Beach, prompting U.S. scythes Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to ask the agency to review beach umbrella safety rules.
With mail wires
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