Olympic hopeful killed by lightning on beach in El Salvador
On Friday, a surfer who had hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics was killed by lightning while standing on a beach in El Salvador.
Katherine Diaz Hernandez, 22, was practising near her home at the Pacific coast beach of El Tunco when she was hit by lightning.
The president of the Salvadoran Sports Institute, Yamil Bukele, posted a message expressing condolences to her family.
"I just found out about the death of Salvadoran surfer Katherine Díaz. I am very sorry for this death and I join the pain that overwhelms her family. Our solidarity with ‘el Bamba’ and the surf family. Peace for your soul.”
Diaz was preparing for the ISA World Surfing Games, set to be held in El Salvador, that serves as a qualifying event for the coming Summer Olympic Games.
Diaz also worked as a chef and had opened her own business in El Tunco.