Sunny weather and high temperatures drew Israelis outdoors on Saturday morning, bringing national parks and hiking trails to full capacity.
However, for some, the outings turned out to be dangerous — and even deadly.
Early Saturday morning, a 31-year-old man died after being hit in the head by a rock at the Gita cliffs, a popular rock-climbing site in the Western Galilee. He had been climbing up the cliffs along with a group of other young Israelis when the rock hit him.
The man was rushed by paramedics to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center in critical condition, but succumbed to his injuries early Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile Saturday, a 20-year-old youth was pulled out of the Jordan River in serious condition and rushed to the same hospital.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the youth had drowned after attending a rave in Lehavot Habashan, a kibbutz in the Golan Heights. At some point during the night, the youth left the party with friends, and the group drove to the Neot Mordechai bridge over the Jordan River.
The 20-year-old, who was drunk, went into the water and quickly drowned. His friends pulled him out of the river.
Four other rave-goers who had attended the same party were brought Saturday to the emergency room at Ziv Medical Center. Two had light injuries, while the others were suffering from alcohol poisoning.
Also Saturday, a 4-year-old boy nearly drowned in a pool in Caesaria. He, too, was evacuated to Rambam Medical Center in serious condition.