Woman Dies After Airborne Beach Umbrella Impales Chest

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A South Carolina woman was killed Wednesday after a beach umbrella swept up in the wind impaled her in the chest, according to reports.

Tammy Perreault was visiting Garden City beach when a gust of wind swept up an umbrella that then struck her in the chest at approximately 12:40 p.m., WMBF News reported.

“A gust of wind that came through took an umbrella through the air and it just kept going and going,” Perreault’s friend, Sherry White, told the outlet. “Everyone says, ‘duck,’ and we did, but unfortunately she was in the line of fire.”

Off-duty medical professionals and several bystanders treated Perreault before transporting her to Waccamaw Emergency Room, where she was pronounced dead at 1:33 p.m., according to WMBF News. (RELATED: ‘Freak Accident’ At Utah Pool Causes People To Vomit And Bleed From Their Noses)

“This is a terrible loss, and we know our community is hurting,” Horry County Emergency Management spokesman Thomas Bell said. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim as they navigate through this difficult time.”

She was the “most loving and kind person I think I ever met. She never had a bad word to say about anybody,” White said of her friend. “She always put others first and her husband and her were inseparable. If you saw Mike, you saw Tammy. They had a great passion and love for each other.”

Scotty’s Beach Bar remembered Perreault in a heartfelt tribute on Facebook, saying “to be as sweet as her day in and day out should be a goal for all.”