World news – El Salvador’s best surfer dies at the age of 22 after being struck by lightning


Katherine Diaz, El Salvador’s top surfer and Olympic hope, has died after being struck by lightning while training on the beach.

22-year-old Diaz was training not far from her home in on Friday El Tunco, El Salvador, was removed when a series of thunderstorms hit the area. She was beaten while she was still in the water and onlookers reportedly tried to help her until the paramedics arrived. According to the Olympic Channel, Diaz could not be resuscitated and died on the beach.

About the Olympic Channel, the Spanish newspaper AS reported that, according to the Salvadoran Surf Association, « the sky was clear and it was an unforeseen storm that was also not very electric It seemed to carry intensity « .

Diaz, who was also a cook who had opened her own restaurant in El Tunco, was training for an upcoming tournament in El Salvador, which will serve as Olympic qualification. The Salvadoran Surf Federation shared the news of her death in a social media post.

« A great athlete who represented our country has left us, » the post reads. « See you soon, great warrior. El Salvador is in mourning. »

The International Surfing Association also shared a social media post about Diaz offering condolences to her family.

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