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Tribute planned for surfer killed by lightning

Surfers usually sit on top of their boards at a distance from shore at paddle outs (file pic)
Associated Press Reporter

Surfers in El Salvador are planning to hold a “paddle out” on Tuesday to remember Katherine Diaz Hernandez, one of the country’s top surfers who was killed last week by a lightning bolt.

Surfers usually sit on top of their boards at a distance from shore at paddle outs, and in this case they plan to share memories of the 22-year-old, who participated in international competitions.

She was training on Friday at El Tunco beach when people on shore saw her get hit by lightning. They brought her ashore but could not revive her.

She started surfing at the age of nine, and was also well known in El Tunco for her skills as a chef.

Yamil Bukele, the president of the Salvadoran Sports Institute, wrote that “I greatly regret this death, and I join in the family’s pain”.

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