In a shocking and tragic incident took place during a football match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang in Indonesia on Sunday, January 11. A footballer was tragically hit by lightning while playing the match and seemed to have died on the spot.
In a video that has gone viral on social, footballer can be seen casually walking on the field, waiting for the ball to pass to him until out of nowhere, lightning struck at him and the player collapsed on the field. Other players on the field were in absolute state of shock.
As per the local media report, the player was immediately taken to the hospital but he didn't survive as he was brought dead. The tragic death of the footballer due to lightning has left his teammates shocked and in mourning.
The deceased player has been identified as 35-year-old Septain Raharja who was reportedly still breathing after being struck by the lightning bolt but later died in the hospital. According to standard.co.uk, the lightning was struck at the Indonesian footballer at 4:20 pm local time on Saturday.
The tragic has sent shockwaves around the world and his teammates and coaches were mourning the death of the Raharja.
As per the report by Daily Mail, Indonesia Metrological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency said that the cloud lightning came from just 300m above the stadium when it hit the footballer. Soon after the tragic incident, many people in the stadium reportedly dropped to the ground in fear of their lives due to lightning.
Past instances of tragedy on football field
This was not the first such a tragic incident took place during the football match. In the month of December last year, a lightning bolt struck at football pitch during a match in Brazil, resulting in a death of a player while six others were injured. The 21-year-old footballer was rushed to hospital after collapsed on the field but later he died of injuries.
The similar incident happened in August 2023, where a young footballer was tragically killed after lightning hit in Managua, Nicaragua. He was quickly taken to hospital but unfortunately succumbed to injuries.
In August 2022, a 19-year-old youth was killed after lightning struck at him during a football match In Hazari village in Gomia district of Jharkhand. The deceased was identified as Vishant, the resident of Hazari village. He was immediately taken to the hospital where doctor declared him dead at the arrival.
The on-field tragic incident during the football has been quite normal over the last several years. Many footballers were collapsed on the field after suffering a cardiac arrest.