Two Drown, Several Rescued on Israeli Beaches Over Weekend

A 21-year-old drowned on a beach near Caesarea and a 30-year-old dies an hour after he was pulled from the water near Atlit.

Noa Shpigel
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The Atlit fortress.
The beach at Atlit, July 2, 2016.Credit: Rami Shllush
Noa Shpigel

Two men drowned and two others remain in critical condition after several beach-goers were pulled out of the water in distress in various locations along the Mediterranean coast yesterday.

In the late afternoon, a 21-year-old man drowned at Sdot Yam Beach near Caesarea, despite bystanders’ efforts to save his life by following directions provided by Magen David Adom staff over the phone until an ambulance arrived on the scene. The man was still unconscious when the ambulance arrived, said paramedic Stav Brodesky, and after attempts to revive him for half an hour, he was declared dead at the scene.

At Meridian Beach in Haifa, a 30-year-old man was treated by a Magen David Adom ambulance crew after being rescued from the water. He was transferred to the city's Rambam Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

In another incident in the early evening, a 30-year-old man and a 5-year-old girl were pulled from the water near Neveh Yam Park in Atlit. They were resuscitated at the scene by a Magen David Adom team, but the 30-year-old died an hour later.

Earlier yesterday a 25-year-old man was rescued from the water off the Palmahim Beach, south of Tel Aviv, and evacuated to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer in critical condition. Two other men who were rescued in moderate condition in the same incident were evacuated to Assaf Harofeh Hospital near Ramle.

The first responder was paramedic Alon Malma, who was surfing nearby. “I saw lifeguards pull three young men from the water, one of whom was unconscious,” he said.