Woman Impaled by Ocean City Beach Umbrella Thanks Rescuers

A Pennsylvania woman severely injured when a wind-blown beach umbrella impaled her in the chest in Ocean City, Maryland, is thanking those who came to her aid and provided medical treatment.

Jill Mendygral, 46, was on vacation with friends and family when an unattended rental umbrella gored her in the upper chest during a sudden gust of wind on Sunday.

Mendygral's daughter, Aubriana Brace, told the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, newspaper The Citizens' Voice that her mother has undergone extensive surgery and is working to regain her strength.

Officials say lifeguards in Ocean City and others held the umbrella's wooden pole while firefighters cut it off. The firefighters left a piece in Mendygral's chest to avoid additional damage.

Brace said her mother suffered severe pain and she and her family are grateful to those who helped rescue her.

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