Since the swim season began on March 17, 49 people have drowned in Israel’s beaches, pools, and other water sources. Thirteen of the casualties were children under the age of 10.
In addition to drownings, Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics around Israel provided life-saving treatment to 152 near-drowning victims, including seven who were critically injured and required CPR, five who were in serious condition, 17 who were in moderate condition, and 123 who had suffered light injuries. All of the near-drowning victims were transferred to hospitals.
While nearly 50 of the incidents occurred in pools, a bulk of the water based injuries happened in larger bodies of water, with 109 people pulled from the Mediterranean Sea and many more pulled from the Kinneret, Yam Hamelech, Eilat, the Jordan River and the Yarkon.
MDA CEO Eli Bin said, “During the summer, MDA personnel are on special alert due to the season’s many dangers, among them the danger of drowning when so many Israelis vacation at the sea, at pools, or at other sources of water.”
Read more at Arutz Sheva.