Woman impaled by unattended beach umbrella on Maryland beach

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Beach umbrella impales woman in chest: as seen on Action News at 11 p.m., July 22, 2018 (Shutterstock)

A 46-year-old Pennsylvania woman was flown to a hospital after officials say she was pierced in the chest by a beach umbrella in Ocean City, Maryland Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened at approximately 3:11 p.m. at the 54th Street beach.

Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin said the victim was pierced by an unattended rental umbrella that had not been returned to the stand.

Captain Arbin said first responders secured the umbrella so it wouldn't blow around, with the help of beach goers.

Once the fire department arrived on scene, rescue crews were able to cut the wooden pole, but a small piece remained under the victim's skin.

We're told first responders didn't want to remove the pole completely for fear of causing more damage.

Ocean City paramedics responded to the scene and took the woman to a Maryland State Police aviation helicopter. She was then transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

According to Captain Arbin, at PRMC doctors will perform X-rays and decide the best way to remove the remaining pole.

The woman's condition is currently unknown, but officials say her injuries are not life-threatening.

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.
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