Report: Israeli Woman's Note Prompted Extraordinary Rescue Effort After Nepal Disaster

Wall Street Journal reports that a hiker wrote: 'There are Israelis trapped in the tea shop at the pass. Lives in danger. Help us. Thank you.'

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People gather near a helicopter belonging to Nepal Army used to rescue avalanche victims at Thorang-La in Annapurna Region, October 15, 2014.Credit: Reuters
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A hand-delivered note with a desperate message sent by one of the Israelis who were caught in the northern Nepal blizzard last week reportedly prompted an extraordinary effort to rescue hundreds of hikers.

According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the Israeli women who were hiking in the Himalayas wrote a note in Hebrew saying: "There are Israelis trapped in the tea shop at the pass. Lives in danger. Help us. Thank you."

A Nepali took the note and rode a horse to a camp the hikers had passed as they went up a mountain pass. He gave the note to three Israelis, who called the embassy in Katmandu, the Journal reported.

At the same time, Rabbi Yehezkel Lifshitz with the Jewish organization Chabad was alerted by phone to the disaster. He began calling hiking agencies and others who could help with the rescue.

These efforts were then joined by Nepali armed forces, police and mountain guides as well as diplomats from many nations, the Journal reported. By Sunday, the paper reported, hundreds of people had been rescued.

At least 39 people died in the disaster. On Monday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the body of an Israeli woman who was among those killed had been found.

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