Israel's Godfather of Search and Rescue Ops / Journeys Podcast

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Traveling to far-flung corners of the earth is very common in Israeli society, especially among youngsters who’ve just finished their mandatory military service. But travelers cannot be prepared for every scenario, and unfortunately not all disasters can be prevented. Just in the past month, the Israeli media has been flooded with stories of missing travelers in Peru and Nepal.

When disaster strikes, a search and rescue team is required: This is where Hilik Magnus comes in. A renowned rescuer who travels worldwide with his team of experts in order to locate wayward hikers, Magnus is also the founder of a family-run company, Magnus International Search and Rescue.

He joins Rogel Alpher in studio to explain how he came to work in this risky field, and to relive some of the more extreme search and rescue operations he’s conducted in his twenty-odd years in the business.

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