Today was the roughest water I have EVER seen in Israel. The waves were gigantic and crushing - I had a few 360 degree twirls under water. If this wasn't black flag water conditions, then I am unsure what would be. Bottom line, these were dangerous conditions, and lifeguards or not, I wouldn't have been suprised if more people had drowned today. Baruch ha'shem, ze lo kara.
Iraq calls Turkish assault on Kurdish militants a dangerous escalation (Reuters)
from the article: Three bathers drown across country after lifeguards strike