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Man seriously injured in fall at Jerusalem’s Tower of David

49-year-old man hospitalized after apparently tumbling off ropes course at ancient site; police investigating

Walking across a hanging bridge in the Tower of David Museum ropes course, open in August 2021. (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)
Illustrative: Walking across a hanging bridge in the Tower of David Museum ropes course, open in August 2021. (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)

A 49-year-old man was seriously injured after falling from a height of several meters at Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum in the Old City.

The man was receiving medical treatment and police launched an investigation of the circumstances.

The ancient site currrently features a ropes course, including a 50-meter (164-foot) zip line suspended some 40 meters (131 feet) above the ground.

Other stations include a jump-off wall to the ground below, and, about five or six meters (16 to 19 feet) down, a shorter zip line. There are also hanging bridges, one made of narrow wooden planks hanging above the citadel’s moat, more than 40 meters (131 feet) high.

It was not immediately clear where the man fell. The museum said he was injured at one of the stations.

In a statement, the museum said: “Today at 12:00 pm a visitor to the Museum was injured at one of the stations of the Adventure Rope Park. The visitor was transferred to Shaare Zedek Hospital fully conscious for a full examination. The Museum management along with the operating company of the rope park are cooperating with the relevant authorities to better understand the details of the event.”

The statement noted that “the museum and the rope park stations received all the engineering, safety and professional permits required by the relevant authorities as well as additional approvals before it was opened. The rope park will be closed until a full and thorough check can be completed. We are following the recovery of the injured visitor and wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

An eyewitness at the site told the Ynet news site, “I suddenly heard a scream behind me and then I saw dozens of people gathering around the guy who fell. Many people immediately started treating him.”

“The park itself seems very safe and impressive,” the eyewitness added.

Walking across a hanging bridge in the Tower of David Museum ropes course, August 2021. (Jessica Steinberg/Times of Israel)

The ropes course is open to ages 9 and up, and children through age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are fitted with helmets and full climbing gear.

Jessica Steinberg contributed to this report.

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