A Woman Has Died After Being Impaled By A Flying Umbrella On A Beach In South Carolina

A woman has been killed in a freak accident at a South Carolina beach after an umbrella got caught in the wind and struck her in the chest.

The tragic incident took place at Garden City Beach, South Carolina
The tragic incident took place at Garden City Beach, South Carolina

63-year-old Tammy Perreault was killed when she was impaled in the chest by a beach umbrella that was carried by the wind, according to the Horry County Coroner's office. The incident took place on Wednesday at Garden City Beach, just a few miles south of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.



Authorities described how the umbrella was blown from its anchoring at approximately 12.40 pm and tragically wounded Mrs Perreault.


Tammy Perreault pictured with her husband of 27 years, Mike
Tammy Perreault pictured with her husband of 27 years, Mike

The Horry County chief deputy coroner, Tamara Willard, said that Mrs Perreault died in hospital about an hour after the freak accident.


The victim's husband, Mike Perreault, and four of their friends were with her when the accident happened.

Mr Perreault told NBC News: "It was a regular breezy day, no other umbrellas or beach blankets or anything got foiled. Just this one umbrella. "It went through her arm into her rib cage".


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