A CHAMPION female surfer has been killed after lightning struck the water where she was training.
Luzimara Souza, 23, and another surfer who has not been named but is reportedly 17 years old, were in the water when a lightning bolt struck near them.
The shocking incident occurred at the Leste-Oeste beach in the city of Fortaleza in the northern Brazilian.
In a video, an onlooker can be seen sprinting into the sea and helping bring the teenage boy onto the shore by lifting him off his surfboard.
Sun Sport have decided not to publish the said video due to its distressing nature.
Two men begin carrying the teen’s body to the shore and local media report he was rushed to the nearby Doctor Jose Frota Institute Hospital along with Souza who had been rescued moments before him.
I arrived in the moment that our professional athlete was hit by lightning
Eyewitness Gerardo Junior
Souza she died shortly after entering the facility and the boy is reportedly in a “serious condition”.
Gerardo Junior, one of the men who helped in the rescue effort, told reporters: “It’s unfortunate this fatality occurred.
“I arrived in the moment that our professional athlete was hit by lightning.”
Souza’s mother, Mara, told reporters: “She usually surfed there, so she went there to surf and then it started raining.
“Everyone was in the sea, there were six people. The man who went to rescue my daughter is here in the hospital.”
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Luzimara reportedly began surfing at 10 years old and her trainer Jeova Rodrigues says she was training for the 2019 Brazilian Surf Championship.
Rodrigues says Souza won the Ceara Championship in 2018 and was the runner-up at one of the stages of the national tournament this year.
There are no updates on the boy’s condition.