A group of eighth graders enjoying a school trip along the Tavor Stream in Israel’s north received a nasty shock this week when they discovered the body of a man floating in the water, Channel 2 reported on Thursday.
According to police, the man was a resident of Tamra, an Israeli Arab city in the Lower Galilee. The man’s brother said that he had been missing since Saturday. Police have ruled out foul play.
The students were from the Gan Raveh Regional Council, in the center of Israel. The council’s area covers one kibbutz, six moshavim and one youth village.
Orlin Netzia, a mother of one the children who accompanied the group as a chaperone, told Channel 2 that at one point during the hike, the children were on a cliff above the water, when they saw what looked like a rock floating in the stream and moving towards them. A few of the children decided to enter the water to see what it was, and “by the looks on their faces, we could see that something was wrong.”
As soon as they realized that it was a floating body, they moved to get the children away from the site.
Netzia said that most of the hike was through an area without cell phone reception, but at one point she was able to call the police, and they came quickly. At the end of the trail, the group met a man who asked if they had found a body. He said he was looking for his brother, who had been missing since Saturday.
While the flow of the Tavor Stream is not very fast right now, this winter’s abundance of rain provided more water than has been there in recent years.
The police said that the man apparently slipped and fell into the water and drowned.
The Education Ministry praised the group’s behavior and conduct.