Luzimara Souza was surfing in Fortaleza in Leste-Oeste beach when thunder and lightning storm started while the Brazilian surfing champion was training. She was struck by lightning and killed. Souza was 23 years old.
Diario do Nordeste, an eyewitness, he and others went into the water to try to help Souza. She and another surfer were struck by lightning. Both surfers were unconscious when pulled from the ocean and were transported to the hospital.
Nordeste said that it was unfortunate that the death happened. As soon as Souza was struck by lightning, he immediately tried to help.
The G1 Globo stated that Souza succumbed from the injuries she sustained. The other injured surfer believed to a boy who was 17-years old remains hospitalized in critical condition.
A bystander’s video shows people rushing into the water, and carrying the 17-year-old boy’s body from the sea. He was unconscious at the time.
Mara, Souza’s mother, told the news that it was not unusual for her daughter to surf at that particular beach, and was already in the water at the time the rain started.
Souza started surfing at the young age of 10. In 2018 she won the Ceara Championship. In 2019 she was the runner up at Ceara.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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