This news is very uncomfortable to read. This tourist was stabbed to death by a beach umbrella pole because of the wind.
Reporting from Fox News, Saturday (13/8/2022) a female tourist died Wednesday in Garden City, South Carolina after a loose beach umbrella stabbed her in the chest. the umbrella was blown off at about 12.40pm and hit Tammy Perreault (63) in the chest.
Local media also said Perrault was taken to Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital. But unfortunately he could not be saved because of his injuries.
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This sad news was also shared by Scotty’s Beach Bar at Surfside Beac. They posted on social media about Perreault and its loss.
“Today it is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of a good friend and kind local resident, Tammy Perreault. Something we can hardly imagine, but nothing bad can say about this woman.
“Dear all, keep the Perreault family in your hearts today especially her husband Mike. Mike we love you and are so sorry for your loss.. everyone at Scotty’s, staff and Scotty’s family will continue to pray,” they wrote.
Based on data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are 3,000 people who are injured by beach umbrellas every year. The wide canopy of the beach umbrella allows it to be easily carried away by strong winds if not tethered properly, while the sharp edges pose a hazard.
In 2016, Lottie Michelle Belk of Chester, Virginia, was killed by a beach umbrella that flew over Virginia Beach in the same way, stabbing her in the chest.
Then Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, Democrat in Virginia, asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to review beach umbrellas and start a safety campaign.
They also provide beach umbrella safety tips on their website.
1. Plug your beach umbrella pole into the sand.
2. Rock it firmly back and forth until it is buried at least 2 feet deep.
3. Tilt to the wind so as not to be blown by the wind and hurt someone.
4. Anchor the base of the post with some weights.
5. Make sure the sand is well compacted around the base.
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