Elderly man drowns in Jordan River; woman rescued after falling into Banias Stream

A 71-year-old man drowned on Saturday after entering the Jordan River in the area of Kibbutz Kfar HaNassi in northern Israel.

The victim was part of a group visiting the area. He tried to enter the water and was immediately carried away by the stream and lost consciousness, first responders said.

Due to the rocky terrain, a 669 Search & Rescue team was dispatched to the area by helicopter. They pulled the man out and attempted resuscitation, but were forced to pronounce his death at the scene.

His body was evacuated to the Ziv Medical Center in the northern Galilee.

In a separate incident, a 70-year-old woman who was hiking in the Banias spring in the Golan Heights was rescued after slipping and falling into the water.

She was moderately injured in the incident and was evacuated to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Illustrative: Visitors at the Banias Nature Reserve in northern Israel on April 3, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

On Friday, 15-year-old Az a-Din Awad from the town of Tamra in northern Israel was pronounced dead after drowning in the Jordan River on Thursday.

Awad was found unconscious and was evacuated to a nearby hospital without a pulse. Medical teams were unable to save him.

Last month, a 3-year-old boy from northern Israel died after drowning in a private pool and an 18-year-old died from injuries he sustained days earlier while trying to save his dog from drowning at Agam Hanakik, or Gorge Lake, an artificial body of water in Rishon Lezion.


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