On Thursday night, Joao Contreras was declared dead on Twitter by a non-official website, Sport Aguila, after being struck by lightning during a game. However, it later transpired that the 21 year-old football player actually only suffered third-degree burns, and is now out of danger.
Two other victims
On Wednesday, during the match between Sport Aguila and Fuerza Minera in the Copa Peru semi-final, three people were struck by lightning. The incident occurred just before kick-off at the second half of the match. Two of the three victims, Joao Contreras and linesman Abraham Loayza, were taken to hospital. Contreras is the most seriously injured, with third-degree burns to both legs. The outlook for the player’s recovery is, however, positive.
In the video above, a thunderclap is audible in the far distance whilst the team changes players. On another part of the pitch, a man falls to the ground and there is smoke visible. All the players and staff members run to see the lightening damage. Joao Contreras is quickly evacuated by the medical team and taken to hospital.