On Friday, March 19, 22-year-old Katherine Diaz an Olympic surfing hopeful died after she was struck by lightning while training.
Near her home in El Tunco, Katherine begun her training session, soon after as she enters in the water she was hit by the lightning.
Many attempts were made by the emergency services to rescue the young woman but sadly she passed away on the beach.
According to the Spanish newspaper reports, people were caught off guard for the change in the weather, describing: ‘The sky was clear and it was an unforeseen storm that did not seem to carry much electrical intensity either.’
It is with a heavy heart that the ISA has learned about the passing of El Salvador’s Katherine Diaz. pic.twitter.com/7SQCEHPpu3— ISA (@ISAsurfing) March 21, 2021
According to The Guardian, by the month of May, Diaz was to compete in the ISA World Surf Games in El Salvador in which she could have fought for her spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
International Surfing Association wrote a statement on their Facebook page saying : ‘It is with a heavy heart that the ISA has learned about the passing of El Salvador’s Katherine Diaz.’
They further added: ‘Katherine embodied the joy and energy that make surfing so special and dear to us all, as a global ambassador of the sport. She excelled at the international competition level, representing her country with pride at both the ISA World Surfing Games and ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.’
So sad to share the news of Salvadoran surfer, Katherine Diaz’s, @katherinecook7, passing. She was one of El Salvador’s most popular surf athletes with large recognition for popularizing women’s surfing in El Salvador… pic.twitter.com/MKHPmvCNgY— Central American Art (@CentAm_Beauty) March 20, 2021
The Facebook post concluded: ‘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. We will never forget you.’
The Salvadoran Surf Federation also took it to social media and wrote: ‘A great athlete who has represented our country has left us. See you soon, great warrior. El Salvador is in mourning.’
Central American Art tweeted: ‘So sad to share the news of Salvadoran surfer, Katherine Diaz’s passing. She was one of El Salvador’s most popular surf athletes with large recognition for popularising women’s surfing in El Salvador.’
Siempre estarás presente en la historia del surf de #ElSalvador. Tus olas siempre te recordarán en este paraíso. Descansa en paz Katherine Díaz.— Morena Valdez (@MorenaValdezSV) March 20, 2021
Fuerza a “El Bamba” y a toda la familia. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/D2F9cd7a6O
‘Her surfing legacy started when she was a child in her home in La Libertad, where she would compete in local surf competitions and started gaining recognition by winning competitions and later becoming the first woman in El Salvador’s national surf team to go on to represent.’