El Salvadoran Surfer Vying for Tokyo Olympics Dies After Being Struck by Lightning
According to various reports, Katherine Diaz, a 22-year-old El Salvadoran surfer who was training for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, died last Friday after being struck by lightning.
Katherine was reportedly training in the water at El Tunco beach in El Salvador’s southwest area, according to local news outlet Cancha.
when there was a lightning strike Katherine died despite the efforts of onlookers to assist her before paramedics arrived.
Katherine’s death was confirmed by the International Surfing Association (ISA) on Twitter.
composing, “As a global ambassador for the sport, Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so
unique and dear to us all. She competed at the international level with distinction, proudly representing her country at both the World Surfing Games and the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.”
Katherine’s uncle, Beto Diaz, told Cancha that he was in the water with Katherine when she was killed.
Katherine met a German friend who was also surfing at the time when she arrived at the beach “Beto remarked. “Katherine approached her to hug her, and the noise was heard as soon as she finished hugging her. The board tossed me, and she, the comrade, was thrown by the force of the lightning strike. Katherine died in an instant.
Several news outlets reported that the storm was unexpected and that it had been forecast.sunday
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