Israeli rescuers find body of missing flood victim
Search resumes on Tuesday for Yoram Hochman, whose vehicle was swept away in an overflowing Negev stream.
Israeli rescue crews on Tuesday found the body of a man whose vehicle was swept away in a flooded Negev stream a day before.
As the stormy weather in south weakened on Tuesday, rescue units renewed their search near the Arava stream on Tuesday for Yoram Hochman. His body was discovered on a patch of land in the middle of the stream.
The jeep in which Hochman had been traveling with his brother, Alex, and their friend Sara Noy-Fogel was located. Noy-Fogel, 55, was killed after the car got caught in the flood; Alex Hochman was rescued and hospitalized in serious condition.
The three had come to the south to see the flash flood near Ein Yahav when their jeep overturned after the driver tried to ford a 200-meter-wide stream near the Jordanian border.
Units from the border police and the army, as well as friends of Hochman, are participating in the search.
Jordanian authorities are also involved in the search, because due to the possibility that Hochman was swept across the border by the flood waters.
The IDF's elite 669 rescue unit had a busy day on Monday heeding to rescue calls from hikers and drivers, who were traveling through the south despite warnings of floods..
In the evening, Air Force helicopters were summoned to rescue four people from a truck stranded in the floodwaters of the Arava Stream. After an hour and a half, the four were rescued successfully. The unit said the rescue was difficult and complicated due to the severe weather conditions in the area.
Over the course of the search for Hochman, a Thai foreign worker from Moshav Idan was rescued from after the tractor he was driving was swept away..