The video of Indonesia football player Septain Raharja dying after being struck by lightening during a match has gone viral
A tragic incident occurred in Indonesia on Saturday afternoon as a footballer was fatally struck by lightning while playing at Siliwangi Stadium in Bandung, West Java.
Indonesia football player Septain Raharja dies after being struck by lightening on pitch, video goes viral
Chilling footage captured the exact moment when the 35-year-old male victim, identified as Septain Raharja from Subang, collapsed during a friendly match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang.
🇮🇩🙏 On Saturday afternoon in Indonesia, a footballer, identified as Septain Raharja, met a tragic end after being struck by a lightning bolt while playing in a friendly football match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang.
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Raharja Was Still Breathing After the Incident
According to reports from local media outlet, Raharja was still breathing after the incident and was rushed to a nearby hospital. However, he tragically succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.
The disturbing video of the incident quickly spread across social media, prompting an outpouring of condolences from football enthusiasts and players alike. “This is heartbreaking. RIP to that player,” expressed one user, while another shared their own experience of a natural disaster during a sporting event.
A third commenter highlighted the importance of monitoring weather conditions during games, citing FIFA guidelines and expressing hope that this incident would prompt greater awareness among referees and officials.
A footballer has been tragically killed after being struck by a lightning bolt while playing football in Indonesia.
The man, later identified as Septain Raharja, was competing in a friendly football match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang.pic.twitter.com/P9x8G4Ayjr
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Regrettably, this is not the first time such a tragedy has struck Indonesian football. In a similar incident just a year prior, a young footballer in Bojonegoro, East Java, was struck by lightning during the Soeratin U-13 Cup.
Fortunately, medical intervention saved the player’s life, underscoring the importance of swift action in such emergencies. This occurrence also brings to mind the 2023 incident involving Brazilian footballer Caio Henrique de Lima Goncalves, who lost his life after being struck by lightning on the pitch.
Such incidents, while rare, serve as sobering reminders of the unpredictable dangers faced in outdoor sports. Looking back over two decades, the tragic fate of the Bena Tshadi football team in the Democratic Republic of Congo serves as a haunting example.
Struck by lightning during a match in 1998, the team suffered devastating losses, with 11 individuals losing their lives and many more sustaining injuries.
As the football community mourns the loss of Septain Raharja and reflects on the broader implications of this tragedy, it underscores the importance of safety measures and vigilance in the face of unpredictable natural phenomena.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Septain Raharja. May his departed soul rest in peace.