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Old 06-10-2016, 01:01 PM
 
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Crazy! You think your enjoying a nice day at the beach and a rogue umbrella impales and kills you. ...




Woman dies after being impaled by flying beach umbrella at Virginia Beach | KTBC
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Crazy. This is like something out of one of those Final Destination movies where the person who cheated death once ends up dying in an extremely bizarre and unlikely fashion.
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:37 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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Just waiting for the 'government needs to regulate umbrellas' people to chime in, since it seems to be a public danger now.
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time! Very unfortunate. At least she was having a good time on her last day on Earth just prior to this terrible freak accident.
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:56 PM
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Old 06-10-2016, 04:13 PM
 
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Old 06-10-2016, 04:50 PM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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Shows you just how strange life can be. To be at any point on the planet, at that one moment in time, and this was the intersection...
(even just 2 feet away-and this would be a non-story)
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Old 06-10-2016, 05:45 PM
 
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Sad.
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Old 06-10-2016, 07:08 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Just waiting for the 'government needs to regulate umbrellas' people to chime in, since it seems to be a public danger now.
I had not intended to make any such comment; however, did you click on the link and see the size and structure of that "beach" umbrella? How deeply into the sand was it staked? Was it perpendicular to the sand? Diagonal? Were there additional tie-downs? It doesn't resemble any beach umbrella I have seen for sale around here. In fact one of the most popular styles I see for use on a beach is more like a little hut, with a floor on which people sit. It is far less likely (with tie-downs) to fly off into the wind. And if it does, there is no sharp pole that could impale someone. Play shades is a type I have seen for small children, like the one below:



and there are larger ones for adults that fit several beach chairs on their floor. Again, they can't fly away easily and they don't use pointed poles.

Solar Guard sun shelters provide full sun protection, too, much better than a traditional umbrella.



I have even seen someone take their cat to the beach in the cat's own little sun shelter:





What were the winds on the day the woman was impaled?

There ought to be prohibitions against the use of the type of umbrella which caused the death on particularly windy days, and yes, obviously there needs to be some regulation about how the umbrella was set up or its size or something.

I would personally vote for sun shelters only, no large, pointed poles at all. Many people nap on the beach and would have no idea that a large pointed "javelin" was heading their way. No escape possible.

This poor woman died of a preventable—not a freak—accident.

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Old 06-10-2016, 07:42 PM
 
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That's gonna leave a mark.
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