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Woman Impaled By Beach Umbrella In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ/AP) -- A 46-year-old Pennsylvania woman was flown to a local hospital near Ocean City after she was impaled by an unattended beach umbrella.

According to local authorities, the woman was struck in the chest by the umbrella on the beach.

Ocean City spokeswoman Jessica Waters said it happened Sunday afternoon on the beach at 54th Street.

Delmarva Now reports that the call came in around 3:11 p.m. The wooden pole from the rented beach umbrella pierced the skin on the upper left chest of the woman.

Ocean City Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin 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 to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Last week, another woman was impaled in the ankle by a wind-driven beach umbrella on the New Jersey shore.

A statement from the daughter of the woman impaled by the umbrella was released on July 24:

"On behalf of my sister, my brother, our family and my mother, we want to thank all those who helped and responded to the horrific event that happened to my mother that caused her to suffer excruciating pain and trauma requiring emergency surgery and continued medical treatment.

We are so very grateful to the Maryland State Police and the doctors and nurses at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center for their care and compassion. Our family is deeply grateful for everything they did for my mom.

At this time, our family asks for privacy for my mom as she regains her strength after undergoing extensive surgery and receives the proper medical treatment she will need following this frightful experience so that she can continue recovering in peace.  We love our mother dearly and look forward to having her back home with us. Thank you."

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