One of El Salvador’s best surfers Katherine Diaz tragically lost her life after being struck by lightning during a training session near her home.
The 22-year-old was working hard to compete for El Salvador at the Olympics in Tokyo. She was recently surfing at a spot called El Tunco when the lightning storm struck her.
According to TMZ, Katherine’s uncle Beto Diaz informed a local media outlet his niece went to huge a friend she saw at the surf spot when the lightning strike hit her.
“She, the friend, was thrown by the force of the lightning strike too, the board threw me back. Katherine died instantly.
Paramedics made their way to the scene and tried to resuscitate Diaz, but to no avail as she had lost her life already.
Diaz was expected to compete in the ISA World Surf Games in May, which was a qualifier for Olympics in Tokyo. The International Surfing Association issued a statement on her death.
“Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all, as a global ambassador of the sport. She excelled at the international competition level, representing her country with pride at both the ISA World Surfing Games and ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.”
“We send our heartfelt condolences to Katherine’s family, the surfers of El Salvador, and to all those in the international surfing community whose lives she touched.”
“We will never forget you.”
It is truly a shame that such a young star who had a very bright future ahead of her was taken from this world far too soon. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to Diaz’s family and friends during this sad time.