Hiker dies in fall from cliff near Dead Sea
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Hiker dies in fall from cliff near Dead Sea

After hours of search efforts, rescuers find body of 21-year-old Yerachmiel Yeshayahu, who plummeted off 30-meter ledge in Judean Desert

Illustrative: Hikers near the Dead Sea, May 15, 2009. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative: Hikers near the Dead Sea, May 15, 2009. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A 21-year-old from Jerusalem died Monday when he fell from a 30-meter (100-foot) cliff in the Judean Desert.

Yerachmiel Yeshayahu had been hiking near the Samar wadi near Mitzpe Shalem, in the northern Dead Sea region.

His body was located after several hours of searching by police, the local Megilot Rescue Unit and the army’s 669 search and rescue unit.

Three other hikers were lightly injured, rescued with ropes and stretchers and treated on the scene.

Also on Monday, two former employees of a pre-military academy who organized a desert hike last year near the Dead Sea in which 10 teenagers were swept to their deaths by a flash flood were charged.

Bnei Zion academy’s ex-director Yuval Kahan and ex-counselor Aviv Bardichev were charged in Beersheba District Court with 10 counts each of negligent homicide, which carries a penalty of up to 12 years in prison per count.

In the indictment, prosecutors said the defendants’ “recklessness” and refusal to take precautions caused the deaths of the 10 high school seniors and the injury of two others.

According to the charge sheet, Bnei Zion administrators last April insisted on taking a group of 25 students on a hike near the Dead Sea, despite receiving numerous warnings about the severe weather.

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