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Woman impaled by umbrella on Ocean City beach sues



OCEAN CITY, Md.— An unattended beach umbrella broke free from its Ocean City sand one Sunday afternoon in 2018, flying into the air and striking a nearby beachgoer. 

Now she’s taking the resort town and rental outfit to court. 

Jill Mendygral filed a lawsuit June 3 against Ocean City and 85 ‘N Sunny, the rental company on 16th Street, for two separate counts of negligence in relation to the events of July 22, 2018. The Pennsylvania resident’s lawsuit alleges their negligence led to her umbrella impalement.

It all happened on the first day of her vacation.

The National Weather Service had recorded wind gusts as high as 17 mph by 2:53 p.m. Mendygral was among many lounging on the beach, her lawsuit explains, when, without warning, a loose beach umbrella swung into the air and “violently stabbed” her in the chest. 

This infographic shows how to properly secure a beach umbrella.

That summer, Ocean City Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin said the call came in just after 3 p.m. near 54th Street and the beach. The wooden pole had pierced Mendygral’s skin in the upper chest. Both lifeguards and other beachgoers worked to secure the umbrella so it would not continue blowing around, Arbin told Delmarva Now

Firefighters cut the pole after they arrived at the scene.

Taken by ground and transfered to a Maryland State Police helicopter, Mendygral was transported by air to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, now TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, to be treated for injuries that were deemed not life-threatening.


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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service