Soccer Player Dies After Mid-Game Lightning Strike in Indonesia

A soccer player died after being struck by lightning during a match in Indonesia over the weekend, according to reports.

The fatal strike on the field took place about 15 minutes into a match taking place on Saturday at the Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung, the capital of West Java province. Disturbing images purportedly showing the incident was widely shared on social media, in which a player can be seen struck by a flash of light and then collapsing to the ground.

Local point of sale PRFM News said the incident took place during a match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang. The last posted an Instagram image seemingly paying tribute to one of its players on Sunday, while 2 FLO shared a separate message of condolences identifying the deceased athlete as Septian Raharja.

An eyewitness to the strike said that people in the stadium fell to the ground, fearing for their lives when lightning struck. The victim, unconscious, was carried to the side of the field, the witness said, adding that the man had a red-black wound on his chest and his cleats had caught fire. PRFM reported that his jersey was also torn but he was nevertheless still breathing after the strike.

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead a short time later, the witness said.

A young footballer competing in an under-15 competition was also struck by lightning in Indonesia in November, according to Compasswhile another man was reported killed by lightning during a football match in West Java in 2022.

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