Boy, 13, skewered by beach umbrella

A teenage boy was left with a ‘hole’ in his shoulder when a beach umbrella flew into the air and impaled him.

Witnesses said the boy, 13, was bleeding profusely after being skewered by the umbrella at Good Harbor Beach in Massachusetts, US, on Friday.

He was taken to nearby Beverly Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, the fire service said.

Fire Lieutenant Nick Ouellette said he responded to a call from Good Harbor Beach at around 1.40 pm local time.

The boy was found with a puncture injury to his left shoulder but is expected to make full recovery, he added.

Witness Chris Carson said: ‘I was sitting right here and a little gust of wind came up and the umbrella popped straight up in the air.

‘Before anybody could grab it, it just kind of rolled over, and the kid was standing in the way on the beach.

‘He couldn’t get out of the way,’ he told WCVB.

Another witness, Jacob Vargus, said he arrived at the scene to find the boy with a ‘hole’ in his shoulder.

A woman then rushed to wrap a tourniquet around him while others called paramedics, Mr Vargus said.

Pictures from the scene showed the boy stretched out on the sand as members of the public surrounded him to help before emergency services arrived.

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