22-Year-Old Surfer Katherine Diaz Tragically Killed By Lightning Strike During Training Session (PICS)

A top surfer with Olympics aspirations will never get that chance after a freak accident claimed her life at the tender age of 22.

Katherine Diaz, one of the top surfers in El Salvador, was reportedly killed after getting struck by lightning during a training session this past Friday.

Diaz was reportedly struck by lightning on a beach in El Salvador.

Via the Associated Press:

“Katherine Diaz Hernandez, 22, was practicing near her home at the Pacific coast beach of El Tunco when she was hit by lightning on Friday. The president of the government’s Salvadoran Sports Institute, Yamil Bukele, posted a message expressinhg condolences to her family.”

The International Surfing Association released a statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that the ISA has learned about the passing of El Salvador’s Katherine Diaz,” they wrote.

Aside from being a surfer, she was also working as a chef.

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