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A 35-year-old man died Saturday morning after falling into a 20-meter deep abandoned well in Netanya, with his female companion.

The woman, also 35, was extricated from the well and has been transferred to a hospital in Hadera. She is in serious condition.

The two had apparently been hiking in the area when they entered an abandoned structure housing the well. It is not clear why they fell.

The rescue team summoned to the scene described the mission as complex. The woman was pulled out of the well on ropes. Emergency medical staff tended to the man, but resuscitation efforts failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several incidents involving abandoned wells have occurred in recent months. Two months ago, a four-year-old girl was killed after falling down an 8-meter well at a Palestinian village north of Jerusalem. The girl was rescued from the well and received medical care at a hospital in Jerusalem, but later succumbed to her wounds.

The rescue team had difficulty reaching the girl and resorted to using a special device that lowered a diver into the well.

Two days earlier, a 50-year-old construction worker was killed after falling down a man hole. The man had been investigating reported sewage problems when he slipped and fell. His death was pronounced at the scene.