Five Israelis Drown on Beaches Across Israel

One man dies in a Galilee stream; eight other people receive medical care after they nearly drown.

Four men and a 10-year-old boy drowned over the weekend - four of the victims in the Mediterranean.

A 40-year-old man was pulled from the water off a Netanya beach yesterday by lifeguards from an adjacent beach. Paramedics found him unconscious and failed to resuscitate him.

“People at the beach said there were no lifeguards in that area, and lifeguards from the adjacent beach picked him up ... and tried to revive him,” said paramedic Oshri Yitzhak.

Earlier yesterday, a 60-year-old man was pulled from the water at the Sdot Yam Beach near Caesarea by other bathers, who tried to revive him until an ambulance arrived.

“When we arrived we found a man lying on the beach; people were performing CPR on him under directions from the Magen David Adom headquarters,” said Lior Almakayis, a Magen David Adom paramedic. “We immediately began treatment, including medication, but couldn’t resuscitate him.” That beach also had no lifeguard, Almakayis said.

Early yesterday morning a 48-year-old man drowned in the Hatzbani Stream in the Galilee panhandle. After initial treatment, he was helicoptered in critical condition to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was pronounced dead.

On Friday evening a 10-year-old boy drowned off Charles Clore Beach in south Tel Aviv. Earlier Friday, a 57-year-old man from Katzrin in the Golan Heights drowned off the Ma’agan Michael Beach..