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One of El Salvador’s most talented surfers, Katherine Díaz, died after being struck by lightning.
Katherine Diaz was training near her home in El Tunco on Friday, March 19, when the strange incident occurred. After the lightning bolt, paramedics attempted to rescue Diaz, who was preparing to make his Olympic surfing debut at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. However, she died after the accident, The Guardian reported.
Olympic surfing hopeful Katherine Diaz, 22, killed by lightning while traininghttps://t.co/KHNEPigEXT ~ how do you explain a story like this?
— Laura Walubengo (@lwalubengo) March 22, 2021
According to local media, the lightning was a sudden surprise on an initially clear day.
“The sky was clear and it was an unexpected thunderstorm that didn’t seem to have much electrical intensity,” reported a Spanish newspaper.
Díaz was in the water with her uncle and her friend when they beat her.
“Katherine came over to hug her, as soon as she finished, the sound could be heard. She, her friend, was also thrown by the force of lightning,” Diaz’s uncle told an agency local press.
Several surf organizations have turned to social media to pay tribute to Díaz.
“We pray for the eternal rest of their souls and offer our condolences to their families,” the National Sports Institute of El Salvador wrote in a statement.
“A great athlete who represented our country is dead,” wrote the Salvadoran Surf Association in one of the articles, The Guardian said. “See you soon, great warrior. El Salvador is crying. ”
“It was with great regret that ISA learned of the death of Katherine Díaz from El Salvador,” wrote the International Surf Association in a Facebook post. “Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and expensive for all of us as global sports ambassadors. We extend our condolences to Katherine’s family, surfers in El Salvador and all members of the international surfing community whose lives have touched them. We will never forget you.”