Boy, 13, impaled by flying beach umbrella in Massachusetts

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Boy, 13, impaled with beach umbrealla in Massachusetts: as seen on Action News Mornings, August 10, 2019.

GLOUCESTER, Massachusetts -- A 13-year-old boy was injured by a flying beach umbrella in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

"Umbrella just hit the kid and we saw him bleeding," one beachgoer said.

It happened Friday at Good Harbor Beach, WBZ-TV reports.

"All I heard was a woman scream and the umbrella went flying. He was on the ground. His mom was like, 'Get the lifeguard! Get the lifeguard!'" a young beachgoer said.

Firefighters said the boy was impaled in his left shoulder and was bleeding badly.

Bystanders rushed to help him, applying a tourniquet and waiting for first responders. He was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters said his injuries were serious, but he will be OK.

"Surprisingly calm for such a rare occurrence, people were quite calm," Gloucester Fire Lt. Nick Oullette said.

The umbrella flew out of place on the beach in a gust of wind, ultimately hitting the teenager and teaching other beachgoers an important lesson.

"You know what I did after that? I came back and pulled my umbrella down and then if I left, my umbrella came down," witness Sharon Sangster said.