Israeli Backpacker Falls to His Death in Peru

Max Sela, 24, of Shoham, was killed when the zip-line platform he was on collapsed in the Machu Picchu region of Peru.

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An Israeli backpacker was killed in a freak accident in Peru on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

Max Sela, 24, of Shoham in central Israel, died when the zip-line platform he was on collapsed at the Cola de Mono zip-lining site in the Machu Picchu region.

Sela was climbing the ramp to the platform, which was suspended about 85 meters (260 feet) in the air, when it collapsed. The two friends with whom he was traveling were not hurt.

He was on a trip to South America after completing his army service and had already visited Brazil and Argentina over the past three months.

The incident is being investigated by the Peruvian police with the assistance of the Israeli Embassy in Peru. Sela's travelling companions are likely to remain in Peru until the investigation is completed.

His body is expected to be returned to Israel for burial early next week.