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Woman impaled by beach umbrella thanks rescuers

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -

A woman from Pennsylvania severely injured when a wind-blown beach umbrella impaled her in the upper chest while she was on vacation in Maryland is thanking those who came to her aid and provided medical treatment.

Jill Mendygral's daughter tells the Wilkes-Barre newspaper The Citizens' Voice she has undergone extensive surgery and is working to regain her strength.

According to officials, lifeguards in Ocean City and others held the umbrella's wooden pole Sunday while firefighters cut it off. 

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The firefighters left a piece in Mendygral's chest to avoid additional damage.

Mendygral was on vacation with friends and family.

The unattended rental umbrella injured her during a sudden gust of wind.

Mendygral's daughter says she suffered severe pain.

She and her family are grateful to those who helped rescue her.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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