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A 35-year-old woman from the Sharon region drowned Friday while swimming off an unsupervised beach south of Givat Olga. Eyewitnesses said the woman entered the water with her husband and two daughters, aged 5 and 6, and she and the two girls were swept out by waves. Her husband managed to save the girls, while a passerby carried the woman to shore.

The parents and children had entered the water at a beach where no lifeguard is on duty, said Superintendent Ran Ophir, deputy chief of the Hadera police. He said the mother and girls began to sink shortly after entering the water, and the father tried to save them. At one point the mother managed to push the girls back toward their father, who pulled them from the water. A passerby jumped into the sea to pull the woman ashore.

Paramedics called to the scene found the woman was not breathing and had no pulse. They worked for 40 minutes to revive her, as her husband sat nearby weeping. The two girls, who were in shock, according to Zaka volunteer Meir Zigdon, were treated at Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center in Hadera. They were released later in the evening.

Since the bathing season opened in May, Magen David Adom says it has been called to help 137 swimmers in distress; 17 of those swimmers drowned.