Israeli Search and Rescue Volunteers Fight for the Lives of Drowning Palestinians


unnamed1Two Palestinian men in their 20s drowned on Tuesday afternoon in a pond in the Jordan Valley despite of best efforts by Israeli volunteer rescuers.

“Two teams of Israeli volunteer rescuers arrived on the scene immediately from Samaria and from the Jordan Valley,” Nathaniel, a Judea and Samaria regional search and rescue unit volunteer, told Tazpit News Agency. “Our special aquatic team managed to locate and pull the unconscious Palestinians from the water and began resuscitation attempts.”

The deaths occurred after a group of young Palestinians went for a swim in one of the natural ponds of the North Jordan Valley late Tuesday afternoon.

When two of the swimmers disappeared, the other contacted local Israeli Security Forces, who summoned civilian and IDF search and rescue units.

The medical team administered CPR until a Palestinian Red Crescent Ambulance arrived to ferry the two to a Palestinian Authority hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.