Elderly Man, Toddler Die in Drownings

Search still on for man in 20s who disappeared over the weekend in Lake Kinneret.

Moshe Gilad

A 70-year-old man and a 3-year-old toddler drowned at local beaches over the weekend. Authorities are also searching for a young man who was last seen swimming in Lake Kinneret on Saturday.

The 70-year-old man was taken out of the Mediterranean Sea near Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv. Paramedics from the Magen David Adom emergency rescue service attempted to resuscitate him, but to no avial.

When we arrived on the scene, we saw a man who was unconscious on the sand, not breathing and with no pulse, reported paramedic Mike Perez, who added, apparently there was no lifeguard on duty at the time, and civilians told us they saw a body floating in the water.

The man was apparently alone at the beach, and his body has been sent to the institute for forensic medicine at Abu Kabir for an examination.

On Saturday evening, a three-year-old toddler drowned near Kiryat Yam, north of Haifa. She was at the beach with her family, and her father apparently found her floating in the water. Magen David Adom paramedics had to wait to roughly half an hour for her to be taken out of the water before treating her. She was immediately rushed to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, while they attempted to resuscitate her.

The child reached us without a pulse, and not breathing, said paramedic Jeris Elias. We fought for her life on the way to the hospital, but unfortunately it was too late, and there was nothing we could do.

Meanwhile, in Tiberias, local authorities and volunteer divers were still looking Monday for a young man in his twenties who was last seen with a 14-year-old boy on a flotation device in Lake Kinneret on Saturday. The device apparently capsized, and the teenager was taken to the shore by Jet Ski, but the older man has not been found.