Jordanian Helicopter Airlifts Injured Israeli Tour Guide Off Mountain

The tour guide fell and injured his head while leading a group of Israeli hikers in Jordan's Wadi Rum, north of Aqaba.

A view of Wadi Rum in the desert of southern Jordan.
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An Israeli tour guide was airlifted out of Wadi Rum in Jordan on Saturday after injuring himself in a fall and spending 24 hours trapped on a mountainside, the ynet website reported.

The rescue was a joint effort between the Jordanian authorities and the Israeli foreign ministry, coordinated by Oded Anavim, Israel's consul general in Amman.

A Jordanian air force helicopter managed to rescue the Israeli from the mountain on Saturday morning. It evacuated him to the Rabin border crossing between Aqaba and Eilat, from where an Israeli ambulance took him to Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat.

The guide tripped and injured his head and leg while leading a tour group near Jebel Rum. Due to the inaccessibility of the location, Jordanian rescue forces were unable to reach him before nightfall.

A Jordanian military helicopter was dispatched to the scene at the request of the foreign ministry, but it was unable to land on the mountain and returned to base.

The group then spent the night with the injured guide on the mountainside before the helicopter rescue on Saturday morning.