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May 1, 2015 1:46 pm

Israeli Rescuers Try to Save Lives of Palestinian Men Who Drowned in Pond

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avatar by Michael Zeff / Tazpit News Agency

The scene of the drowning. Photo: Tazpit.

Despite the best efforts of Israeli volunteer rescuers, two Palestinian men in their 20s drowned on Tuesday afternoon in a pond in the Jordan Valley .

“Two teams of Israeli volunteer rescuers arrived on the scene immediately from Samaria and from the Jordan Valley,” Nathaniel, an Israeli search and rescue volunteer, told Tazpit News Agency. “Our special aquatic team managed to locate and pull the unconscious Palestinians from the water, and began resuscitation attempts.” Unfortunately, these attempts were unsuccessful.

The deaths occurred after a group of young Palestinians went for a swim in one of the natural ponds of the North Jordan Valley. When two of the swimmers disappeared, the others contacted local Israeli security forces, who summoned civilian and IDF search and rescue units.

The Israeli medical team administered CPR until a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance arrived to ferry the men to a Palestinian Authority hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries.

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