Winds lift beach umbrella, launching it through a tourist's ankle

A tourist was basking on the beach when the stake of a flying umbrella went through her ankle, police said.

(CNN)Heavy winds uprooted several beach umbrellas along the Jersey Shore on Monday, and a British tourist was impaled by one of the aluminum stakes.

Margaret Reynolds, who was visiting from London, was basking on the beach when the stake of a flying umbrella went through her ankle, according to Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Police Detective Steven Korman.
First responders had to use bolt cutters to split the rod on-site so she could be transported to the hospital.
The rod of the umbrella was cut off on the beach so Margaret Reynolds could be taken to the hospital.
Reynolds was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment and has been discharged.
    "It was a beautiful day and a gust of wind blew the umbrella," Reynolds said in a statement from the hospital. "It was just an accident."
    Although being impaled by a beach umbrella sounds like a fluke, injuries like Reynolds' are not unheard-of.
    In 2016, Lottie Michelle Belk, who was celebrating her 55th birthday, died after an umbrella was hurled into her on a windy day at Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to CNN affiliate WTVR.
    Lynn Stevens was impaled by a flying umbrella on an Ocean City, Maryland, beach in 2010. The rod just missed her femoral artery but lodged 4 inches into her thigh, according to a post on <