GARDEN CITY, South Carolina (AP) — A bather was killed Wednesday after a loose umbrella impaled her in the chest, authorities said.
The umbrella was blown off its anchor by the wind around 12:40 a.m. and struck Tammy Perreault while she was on a beach in Garden City, Horry County Deputy Chief Coroner Tamara Willard told media .
Perreault, 63, died about an hour later in hospital from chest trauma, Willard said.
Beach umbrellas have a pointed end to help push them through sand and their wide canopy allows them to get caught in strong winds if not anchored properly, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. .
The federal agency estimates that around 3,000 people are injured by umbrellas each year.
U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia called on the security agency to review umbrella safety rules and launch a safety campaign after a Virginia woman was killed by an umbrella in 2016.