A father of 15 drowned in the Jordan River on Monday while trying to rescue his daughter.
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The family was on an outing near the Arik Bridge when Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Blau, 46, of Jerusalem saw that his 16-year-old daughter was in trouble in the water and jumped in to help her. But he was soon in trouble himself.
Police said other family members stopped cars on the nearby road to ask for help, and two people stopped to try to pull Blau and his daughter from the water. The daughter was rescued successfully, but Blau had already drowned. Magen David Adom paramedics, who received the call for help at about 5:30 P.M., were unable to resuscitate him and had to pronounce him dead.
Last Friday two 17-year-old girls from Hura nearly drowned in the Jordan. Both are still in critical condition.