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Israeli boy, 14, critically injured in boating accident in Jordan; parents also hurt

Family flown by air ambulances to Israel after speedboat plows into them as they are pulled through water on float

An injured Israeli family is transferred to Israel following a boating accident in Jordan, July 2, 2022. (PassportCard)
An injured Israeli family is transferred to Israel following a boating accident in Jordan, July 2, 2022. (PassportCard)

An Israeli teenager, 14, was critically injured when a speedboat hit him and his parents as they were vacationing in the Jordanian resort city of Aqaba on Saturday.

The boy’s mother, 46, was seriously hurt in the accident. while his father, 53, was moderately injured.

Channel 13 news identified the injured teen as Firas Rinawi, and his mother as Ibtisam Rinawi.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the injured Israelis were transferred to Israel.

The family, from the northern Arab Israeli town of Reineh, were flown by air ambulance for treatment at the Sheba Medical Center on flights organized by their travel insurance company.

Another Israeli youth, not a member of the family, was also lightly injured in the incident.

The lightly injured boy’s father, Jihad, told Channel 12 news that the two families were staying at the Intercontinental Hotel Aqaba.

He said the other family and his own son were riding a water mattress being towed behind a speedboat. They passed just a few dozen meters from the shore, then made a turn to come back again.

The mattress apparently continued along a different trajectory and “then the boat hit them,” Jihad said.

He said the colliding boat was not large, with only four or five people on it, “but it was very fast.”

Ronit Segal, CEO of the PassportCard travel insurance group, which attended to the injured Israelis, told the station that it was “serious accident  with serious injuries.”

“We managed to help, and to quickly and closely supervise the return of the Israelis by scrambling a medical team and two air ambulance planes,” she said.

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