A woman dies at the beach after being impaled by Umbrella
A woman from South Carolina died on Wednesday afternoon after being accidentally impaled by a beach umbrella, according to the Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.
On Wednesday, Tammy Perreault, 63, was on a beach in Garden City when a strong gust sent a flying umbrella, the sharp end of the pole attacked her on the chest, according to Willard. Perreault died a few moments later in the emergency room.
Willard said the umbrella did not seem to belong to Perreault.
Horry County said that “he continues to look at the matter” and his “thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends while navigating for this difficult moment.”
On Wednesday, there were winds from 10 to 15 MPH with gusts up to 21 MPH, according to the chief meteorologist of WBTW, Frank Johnson. The winds came from the west. The temperature was in the 90s low and surfing was normal.
The beach rules operated by the county of Horry prohibit shade devices that obstruct the vision of a rescuer in an area. The shade devices cannot be less than 10 feet of an established umbrella line either.
Shading devices must also be secure.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends increasing beach umbrella poles on the sand by at least two feet. The umbrellas must be inclined in the wind to prevent them from turning. The base must also be anchored and the sand must package around the base.
Records of Death at Beaches
Around 5,512 coastal umbrella injuries were recorded in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance system between 2000 and 2019, according to a study published in the Journal of Safety Research in 2021. The wind is the cause of 50.6% of the beach umbrella injury. Around 16.6% of the incidence includes injury to internal organs.
Most injuries have occurred in women over 40 as current a woman dies at the beach after being impaled by Umbrella.