A 34-year-old Venezuelan tourist who was taking a walk along the beautiful beaches of Cartagena, Colombia, died after being struck by lightning in the middle of a cloudy day. The shocking moment of the unloading was captured on video by a security camera.
The beaches of La Boquilla, in the northern part of that Colombian city, woke up on Tuesday with unpleasant weather, with the sky full of clouds and great chances of isolated rains announced by the forecast.
Despite the weather conditions, Froilanis Maireth Rivas Román decided to go for a walk along those beaches, according to local media outlet El Tiempo de Colombia. Eventually, their journey ended in tragedy.
As can be seen in the recording of a security camera, the woman stood barefoot near the shore and facing the sea. Then, fate happened: a strong bolt of lightning struck directly in his head.
A man walking past her also fell to the ground, though he managed to recover within seconds. The noise was such that another person, who was several meters away, covered his ears.
Coast guard and relatives of the Venezuelan victim came to provide him with medical attention. Shortly after, she was transferred to the Serena Mar Hospital, located about 20 minutes from that beach.
According to Álvaro Cruz, director of the Center for Emergency Regulation (CRUE), the woman "entered the emergency room with a cardiorespiratory arrest."
Despite the efforts of the medical staff, they were unable to revive her and after about 45 minutes confirmed her death.
A similar episode was recorded last December, also in Cartagena. In that case, it happened in the Rosario Islands, where Ruth Mery Zúñiga was struck by lightning while heavy rain was falling in the middle of a thunderstorm.