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Tragedy as lightning strikes and kills footballer during match

A footballer has lost his life during a football game.

The footballer was struck by a lightning bolt while playing football in Indonesia 

Chilling video captured the shocking moment the 35-year-old male victim from Subang collapsed at Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung, West Java on Saturday afternoon, February 10, 

The footballer identified as Septain Raharja, was playing in a friendly football match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang, when lightning struck him at around 4:20pm local time.  

According to local media, PRFM News, he was still breathing after the incident and was rushed to a local hospital, but died after suffering intense burns. 

An analysis of the strike by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) revealed that the cloud the lightning came from was just 300m above the stadium when it struck. 

The tragic incident is the second time an Indonesian footballer has been struck by lightning in the last 12 months.

A young football player in Bojonegoro, East Java was struck by lightning during the Soeratin U-13 Cup in 2023.

The player, who suffered cardiac arrest, was rushed off the field and taken to the Ibnu Sina Hospital in Bojonegoro for medical treatment.

The youngster was successfully revived after medical assistance and regained consciousness after approximately 20 minutes.

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