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British woman impaled by umbrella on windy United States beach

18 July 2018

Police say a woman from England was hospitalized after being impaled by a beach umbrella at the Jersey Shore Monday afternoon.

The Asbury Park Press reported that the umbrella pierced her right ankle and was completely driven through because of the "force of the wind".

Ricardo Zepeda witnessed the accident, while tanning at the beach less than three metres away from the incident.

"There was a strong gust of wind, there were a couple umbrellas flying", he wrote.

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"It looked like five inches came out the other side of her leg", he said, adding the spike appeared to be about 2 inches wide.

Margaret Reynolds, from London, was at Seaside Heights in New Jersey when part of the beach umbrella went through her leg.

After a fire crew rescued Ms Reynolds, she was put in an ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Centre in Neptune. where she was recovering late on Tuesday.

Detective Korman said it was the assistant fire chief, William Rumbolo, who eventually cut the umbrella stretcher from the frame and dislodged it from Ms Reynold's right ankle.

British woman impaled by umbrella on windy United States beach