Update (5 p.m.): Ocean City Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin says an unattended rental umbrella with a wooden pole struck the woman. The pole could not be taken apart so rescuers had to cut it to remove the post and canvas. Luckily, it appears the injury only pierced the skin and is non-life threatening, he added. She was flown to Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC).
Original post (4 p.m.): A 46-year-old woman was struck and impaled by a beach umbrella in the chest on the beach at 54th Street around 3:10 p.m. Sunday.
About 6 inches of the umbrella post appeared to be lodged just above her rib cage above her left breast. Rescuers cut all but two-feet of the post and took her to Jolly Roger Amusement Park to meet a state police helicopter to fly her to a trauma center. She was alert when loaded into the ambulance.