Beachgoer Dies After Umbrella Impales Her In Chest

A South Carolina woman has died in what can best be described as a freak beach umbrella accident.

Tammy Perreault, 63, was relaxing on a Garden City beach when a strong wind lifted a beach umbrella from its anchoring and sent it hurling toward her, authorities say. The pointy tip of the umbrella penetrated her chest and she died after being transported to a local hospital, according to Horry county chief deputy coroner Tamara Willard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says about 3,000 people are injured by beach umbrellas every year.

Have you ever had a close call with a beach umbrella?

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