Olympic Browsing Hopeful Katherine Diaz, 22, Killed By Lightning At Coaching Session

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Olympic browsing hopeful Katherine Diaz was killed by lightning close to her El Salvador dwelling at a coaching session for a qualifying contest.

The 22-year-old athlete was struck at El Tunco seashore about an hour south of San Salvador on Friday, and efforts to revive her failed. 

Her uncle Beto Diaz, a browsing coach, was together with her when it occurred.

Diaz stated that after his niece arrived on the seashore, she hugged a pal, a German surfer who was additionally there to follow. Once they completed embracing, there was roar, he informed a neighborhood newspaper. “The friend was thrown by the force of the lightning strike. The board threw me back. Katherine died instantly,” Diaz stated.

Observers stated the storm had come up out of the blue. “The sky was clear and it was an unforeseen storm that did not seem to carry much electrical intensity,” a witness informed a Spanish-language newspaper, The Guardian reported.

The El Salvador Surf Federation issued an announcement grieving “a great athlete who has represented our country. See you soon, great warrior. El Salvador is in mourning.”

Her brother Jose Diaz, president of the federation, wrote on Instagram: “We will always carry you in our hearts. God decided to take you now. We already miss you. Love forever little sister.”

The Worldwide Browsing Affiliation — the world’s governing physique for browsing — hailed Diaz as a standout surfer and “global ambassador of the sport” who “embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all.”

Diaz began browsing at age 9.

Surfers in El Salvador are holding a “paddle out” Tuesday to honor her. Her funeral was held Sunday.