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Olympic Surfing Hopeful Katherine Diaz Hernandez Sadly Passes Away After Being Hit By Lightning

Max Sherry

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Olympic Surfing Hopeful Katherine Diaz Hernandez Sadly Passes Away After Being Hit By Lightning

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@katherinecook7

Katherine Diaz Hernandez, who was a member of El Salvador's national surfing team, has sadly died after being struck by lightning while out on the water.

Diaz was expected to represent her country at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in less than three months' time.

She was just 22 years of age.

Credit: Instagram/@katherinecook7
Credit: Instagram/@katherinecook7

El Salvador's National Institute of Sports (INDES) confirmed the devastating news, adding that Diaz had been practicing near her home of El Tunco beach when she was killed.

INDES president Yamil Bukele lead the emotional tributes as messages of support came flooding in from surfing fans all over the globe.

Bukele tweeted: "A great loss for our sport. All our solidarity for the surf family. I accompany them in their pain."

While Diaz's teammate Josselyn Alabi added: "Her loss in the waves hurts and impacts us."

The Salvadoran Surf Federation also passed on their condolences, saying: "A great athlete who has represented our country has left us. See you soon, great warrior. El Salvador is in mourning."

Very, very sad news.

Rest In Peace, Katherine.

Topics: Surfing, olympics, olympic games, Tokyo Olympics, Australia

Max Sherry
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