When a 67-year-old woman from England was impaled in the ankle by a beach umbrella in Seaside Heights on Monday, it wasn't the first time a gust of wind at the beach has left a sunbather with serious — or even fatal — injuries.
When wind speeds pick up, and umbrellas are not secured, they can become projectile objects that can cause serious harm.
Two summers ago, a woman was killed by a windblown umbrella on Virginia Beach. The summer before, in a similar incident, a man lost his eye on Bethany Beach, Delaware. In Ocean City, Maryland, in 2010, an umbrella took flight and pierced a woman's thigh, nearly severing her femoral artery.
Not only can unsecured umbrellas prove to be lethal, there can also be legal repercussions.
Before you settle into your beach chair, here are some tips to protect not only your family and friends but the people around you.