IDF Lieutenant Dies of Hypothermia While Hiking in Southern Chile

Rubenstein was left on the trail in a remote mountain range after her friend went off to seek help for her injured ankle.

Israeli military officer Noam Rubinstein, 22, died on Thursday of hypothermia after she injured her ankle and was left stranded in the cold during a hike in southern Chile

Rubenstein was traveling with another Israeli when she hurt herself in the remote Cerro Castillo mountain range. The friend left her on the trail and went off to seek help.

When the friend returned with a rescue team hours later, they found Rubinstein's body without signs of life, apparently from exposure to the cold mountain air.

Chilean police said they would investigate the details of the Israeli's fatal accident.

Israel's Foreign Ministry made an official comment saying they were working to recover Rubinstein's body for burial in Israel.

Rubenstein had recently finished her regular military service and was planning to return to Israel for permanent service as an officer.