Advert

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

Published 

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

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
Advert

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."

Advert

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."

Advert

Very, very sad news.

Rest In Peace, Katherine.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@katherinecook7

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

Max Sherry
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Football

Inter Milan President Asks Squad To Give Up Two Months Wages Despite First Scudetto Win In 11 Years

in an hour

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Football

Oli McBurnie Filmed 'Punching And Kneeing' A Man And Stamping On His Phone In Shocking Altercation

8 hours ago