Two Israeli Tourists Killed, 4 Seriously Injured in Boating Accident in Chile

Boat carrying group of tourists, all in their 60s and 70s, capsized in river in southern Chile ■ 14 evacuated to hospital with injuries ranging from light to serious

The scene of the accident on the Serrano River, Chile, February 23, 2019.

Two Israeli women, aged 61 and 71, were killed when their boat overturned in a river in southern Chile on Saturday. Fourteen others were injured in the accident, four of whom seriously, and were evacuated to a hospital.

The members of the group of Israeli tourists, all of whom in their 60s and 70s, were on a trip organized by the Masa’ot tour company.

Serrano River, Torres de Paine, Chile

The families of 61-year-old Galila Biton and 71-year-old Dina Porat have been informed.

According to Chile’s Interior Ministry, the incident happened on the Serrano River in Torres Del Paine National Park, and those injured were evacuated by helicopter. The local police tweeted that it was investigating the accident, in which a crew member was apparently also killed.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Israel’s consul in Chile, Lion Suissa, would be going to the hospital to assist. “Israel’s ambassador to Chile, Eldad Hayat, and the consulate department that handles Israelis abroad was in contact with the injured and the relevant authorities in Chile,” the Foreign Ministry said.