Tourist drowns in Dead Sea
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Tourist drowns in Dead Sea

74-year-old man dies at Ein Gedi beach

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

A view of the Dead Sea (photo credit: Michal Shmulovich/Times of Israel staff)
A view of the Dead Sea (photo credit: Michal Shmulovich/Times of Israel staff)

A 74-year-old tourist drowned in the Dead Sea at the Ein Gedi beach on Monday.

Magen David Adom paramedics were unable to resuscitate him.

The Dead Sea is the world’s lowest point. Its waters are 33.7% salt — among the world’s saltiest. Because of its exceptionally high salinity, swimmers float on the water, making it especially difficult to drown.

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