Horror footage captures the moment a 34-year-old woman was struck and killed by lightning on a beach in Cartagena, Colombia, last week.
The victim was identified as Froilanis Rivas Roman, a mother and beautician from Venezuela.
Roman arrived in Colombia two months ago in search of a better life for herself and her 10-year-old daughter.
Video footage from security cameras shows Roman standing along the shoreline of La Boquilla beach when she was struck by lightning and fell to the ground.
Two other people fainted on the same beach due to the lightning strike.
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Rescuer Gustavo Pena, who tried to help Roman, said: “It’s a terrible thing. I was in the lifeguard tower and I had my arm where there was a nail, and it kicked my whole arm.
After seeing Roman on the sand, Pena ran towards her and called her superior for help.
An ambulance arrived quickly and Roman was immediately taken to the Serena Del Mar Clinic, where she was admitted in cardiopulmonary arrest.
Alvaro Cruz, director of the emergency center, said: “The doctors resuscitated her for 45 minutes. After that, she was declared dead.
Tourists on the beach where Roman was killed were shocked after seeing videos of what happened.
Ana Guerra, a tourist from Bogota, said: “The most advisable thing is to stay away from the beaches if there is thunder or rain. »
Lightning detection expert Daniel Aranguren said “it’s easier to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery.”
Aranguren added that over the past decade, 300 people have died due to lightning in Colombia’s Caribbean region.
He also said that 250 lightning strikes were detected in Cartagena on the day of Roman’s death, which began happening an hour before the incident.
It comes as three people were struck and injured by lightning in Santa Marta last week, including one in critical condition.
The incident occurred while the victims were near their home, in the middle of the rain.
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