Israeli Dies in Peru Sand Skiing Crash

A 21-year-old Be'er Sheva man died Friday after a sand skiing accident near Ica, Peru.

Dozens of friends and family members came to the home of Aviv Bokobza's parents this weekend after hearing news of his untimely death.

Bokobza flew to South America with childhood friends three months ago after completing his army service, and had planned to return to Israel in a month.

"Aviv would have celebrated his 22nd birthday in two weeks. He was supposed to make one last trip before coming home, but before that he wanted to try sand skiing," said his uncle, Zvika Bokobza, adding that just hours before the fatal accident, he had spoken with his parents online.

"He told them what he was going to do. They never thought it was a sport that would cost their son's life," the uncle said. "They thought it was like regular skiing - what could happen? They didn't think it was dangerous."

"One of the friends called his parents, and asked them to tell Benny and Dalia, Aviv's parents, that they didn't leave his side for a moment," he said. "They brought him to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead."

The uncle described Aviv as "a modest, shy boy. A nice boy." Aviv's mother had had doubts about the trip, Zvika Bokobza said, but Aviv tried to allay her fears: "He told her, 'Mom, don't worry, I'll take care of myself."