A 13-year-old boy was left with serious injuries after being impaled by a beach umbrella during a family outing.
The teen, whose name has not yet been released, was at Gloucester Beach in Massachusetts on Friday 9 August when the horrific incident occurred, People reports.
In a statement released by the Gloucester Fire Department, the umbrella was airborne before it pierced the youngster’s shoulder.
The boy was rushed to the Beverly Hospital, Inside Edition reports.
“When I saw what happened I ran down and when I got there, there was a hole in the kid’s shoulder,” eyewitness, Jacob Vargus, told 7 News Boston.
“So I started to talk to him, another lady started tying a tourniquet and others called the paramedics.”
Another eyewitness says they hope other beachgoers learn from this tragic incident.
“These things, unfortunately, happen all of the time. People don’t dig the umbrellas down firmly and they can hurt you.
“Hopefully this is a lesson for people at the beach to seriously dig their umbrella poles deep into the ground so they don’t come out and hurt anybody.”
Fire captain Nick Ouellette says the teenager was alert and calm when paramedics arrived on the scene.
“To my best guess, it was a freak accident,” Ouellette says.
The boy is expected to make a full recovery.