Woman, 63, is remembered after she was impaled by a BEACH UMBRELLA in South Carolina

A 63-year-old woman was suffocated after a beach umbrella in South Carolina lifted a pillar of sand into her chest in high winds.

  • Around 12:40 p.m. the wind blew the umbrella from its anchorage and hit Tammy Perrault while she was on Garden City Beach.
  • Perrault, 63, died at a hospital about an hour later of chest injuries, Willard said
  • Scotty’s Beach Bar, a local hangout where Perrault was a regular, posted a remembrance on Facebook
  • ‘Some things we will never know but we do know that no one had a bad word to say about this woman,’ he wrote.

She died Wednesday after a beach umbrella that she was walking on a beach caught in her chest, authorities said.

Around 12:40 a.m. the wind blew the umbrella from its anchoring and struck Tammy Perrault while she was on Garden City Beach, Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard told the news outlet.

Perrault, 63, died at a hospital about an hour later of chest injuries, Willard said.

Scotty’s Beach Bar, a local hangout where Perrault was a regular, posted a remembrance on Facebook.

‘Today it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of a dear friend and kind local, Tammy Perrault. Some things we will never begin to know but we do know that no one has a bad word to say about this woman. It should be everyone’s goal to be as sweet as her day after day.

Beachgoer Tammy Perrault (pictured right) died Wednesday after a beach umbrella suffocated her chest, authorities said.

Beachgoer Tammy Perrault (pictured right) died Wednesday after a beach umbrella suffocated her chest, authorities said.

About 12:40 a.m. the wind blew the umbrella from its anchoring and struck Perrault while she was on Garden City Beach, Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard told the news outlet.

About 12:40 a.m. the wind blew the umbrella from its anchoring and struck Perrault while she was on Garden City Beach, Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard told the news outlet.

The beach in Garden City, South Carolina on a busy day in 2019

The beach in Garden City, South Carolina on a busy day in 2019

A gust of wind blew a beach umbrella out of the sand in Garden City, South Carolina (pictured), spoiling a local enjoying the day.

A gust of wind blew a beach umbrella out of the sand in Garden City, South Carolina (pictured), spoiling a local enjoying the day.

They asked everyone to keep Tammy and her husband Mike in their prayers, adding: ‘Mike, we love you and are so sorry for your loss’.

Beach umbrellas have pointed ends to help push them into the sand, and their wide canopies can allow them to snap in high winds if not properly anchored, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The federal agency estimates that about 3,000 people are injured each year by beach umbrellas.

Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner asked the safety agency to review beach umbrella safety regulations and launch a safety campaign after a Virginia woman was killed by an umbrella in 2016.

According to the Journal of Safety Research, the majority of people injured by beach and patio umbrellas are women over the age of 40.

They wrote: ‘The most frequently reported injuries were lacerations or abrasions and injuries to internal organs, and the highest proportion of body injuries were to the head/neck followed by the upper extremity,’ the study said.

Scotty's Beach Bar, a local hangout where Perrault was a regular, said, 'No one has anything bad to say about this woman.  It should be everyone's goal to be as sweet as her day after day.'  Perrault pictured at a local beach

Scotty’s Beach Bar, a local hangout where Perrault was a regular, said, ‘No one has anything bad to say about this woman. It should be everyone’s goal to be as sweet as her day after day.’ Perrault pictured at a local beach

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