A spokeswoman for a Maryland beach town says a woman has been accidentally impaled in the chest by a beach umbrella.
Ocean City spokeswoman Jessica Waters said it happened Sunday afternoon on the beach. She says the 54-year-old woman was conscious, but that her condition is not known at this time. The Washington Post reported that the umbrella took off in a gust of wind.
A witness said the sharp end of the umbrella, the one used to drive into the sand, impaled the woman.
Waters says a Maryland State Police helicopter took the woman for medical care. Her name wasn’t immediately released.
Last week, a woman was impaled by a beach umbrella on the New Jersey shore. Authorities said part of the umbrella pierced the woman’s ankle after being driven along by the force of the wind.
The Associated Press contributed to this report