This is a tragic incident that occurred on Friday when a younger woman was killed by lightning whereas coaching.
Katherine Diaz, 22, was within the water at El Tunco seaside in southwest El Salvador coaching for the World Surf Games, a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics, when she was struck by lightning, the nation’s browsing federation (FESASURF) mentioned.
“It is with a heavy heart that the ISA has learned about the passing of El Salvador’s Katherine Diaz”, the International Surfing Association wrote in a Facebook post.
“Katherine came over to hug her [friend], as soon as she finished hugging her, the noise was heard,” Diaz’s uncle, Beto Diaz, who says he was within the water along with her, instructed a newspaper in El Salvador.
“She, the friend, was thrown by the force of the lightning strike too, the board threw me back. Katherine died instantly.”
The International Surfing Association (ISA) 2021 Surf City El Salvador World Surfing Games are set to be held from May 29 to June 6 on the La Bocana and El Sunzal seashores and can act as the ultimate qualifying match for Tokyo 2020, the place browsing will probably be making its debut Olympic look.
“Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all, as a global ambassador of the sport,” the ISA mentioned of the surfer, whose brother, Jose Diaz, is the president of FESASURF.
“She excelled on the worldwide competitors stage, representing her nation with delight at each 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.”