A 67-year-old British tourist’s day in the sun became unfortunate when a beach umbrella pierced through her right ankle in Seaside Heights, New Jersey on Monday, July 16.
One netizen named Ricky Z (@insert4coins) shared on his Instagram page what he had witnessed of the incident. His post stated he was five feet away from the lady when the accident happened. The woman was identified as Margaret Reynolds.
“There was a strong gust of wind, there were a couple umbrellas flying,” he wrote. “One of the corners of a random one went THROUGH HER F*CKING LEG! That could have been me!”
To free Reynolds, Seaside Heights assistant fire chief William Rumbolo had to cut a portion of the umbrella, as per Asbury Park Press. The report also stated that fire crew had to use a bolt cutter to remove the item from her ankle.
Seaside Heights Police Detective Steve Korman said it was “due to the force of the wind” that the woman got impaled by the umbrella. However, police could not specifically determine how the incident exactly happened.
Reynolds was then rushed to the Jersey Shore University Center, and was reported to be in good condition the next morning, July 17. Katrina Hallare/JB