Israeli dies in fall during Romania mountain trek
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Israeli dies in fall during Romania mountain trek

Tour guide Noam Avnon drowned while helping a hiker on a treacherous trail; 24 Israelis rescued from landslide in Morocco

An image of the trail at Valea lui Stan, a narrow valley with huge cliffs and natural streams in Romania's Fagaras Mountains.
An image of the trail at Valea lui Stan, a narrow valley with huge cliffs and natural streams in Romania's Fagaras Mountains.

An Israeli tourist was killed in a fall in the Fagaras mountains in central Romania, a rescue official and his family said Tuesday.

Noam Avnon, a 45-year-old guide slipped and fell about 15 to 20 meters (50 to 66 feet) into a natural spring and drowned while trying to help a member of the group he was walking with.

The incident happened Monday in bad weather in the Valea lui Stan area, known as a scenic spot which is difficult to access.

Nicolae Plesita, head of the Curtea de Arges mountain rescue team, confirmed that an Israeli was killed to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Posted by Noam Avnon on Saturday, 20 September 2014

Plesita said the victim was accompanied by two women and another man, all from Israel. They were rescued and questioned about the incident Tuesday morning.

Friends and family told the Hebrew-language Ynet news that Avon was an avid hiker and naturalist and would regularly help Israelis visiting the area.

Droves of Israelis are overseas on vacation this week over the Sukkot holiday.

In Morocco, a group of Israeli tourists narrowly escaped a dangerous landslide while trekking through the Atlas mountains Monday.

Heavy winds and rain caused a landslide of boulders, tress and mud to rain down on a convoy of vehicles driving on a narrow road hugging a steep cliff, according to Israeli media.

The 24 Israelis were rescued by the Atlas Mountains police unit and were returned to their hotel in Marrakesh.

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