American Hiker, 29, Hurt After Falling 35 Meters Off Unmarked Trail

Man airlifted to Haifa hospital after slipping in Nahal Amud nature reserve, near Safed.

An American tourist sustained light to moderate head injuries on Sunday after falling down a 35-meter slope while hiking on an unmarked trail in northern Israel.

The 29-year-old tourist was hiking with five friends in the Nahal Amud nature reserve near Safed, when he slipped off the steep slope into a ravine. He was rendered unconscious by the fall.

Volunteers from the Galilee-Carmel rescue team, along with the Israel Air Force's elite rescue unit, rushed to the scene of the accident and airlifted the injured man to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

"The hiker was very lucky," said Amir Levi, the rescue unit's operational officer. "The incident could have ended much worse than it did."

Levi urged other hikers to "make sure they follow instructions and travel only using marked trails" to avoid future accidents.

Last week, another tourist was killed after falling 40 meters off Mount Gamal, a nature reserve near Mitzpeh Ramon in southern Israel.

After an hours-long rescue attempt the Israel Air force's rescue unit finally succeeded in retrieving his body.