Paramedics say 2 drown in beaches off Israeli coast

Magen David Adom reports sharp increase in deaths by drowning this year compared to 2017

Illustrative: Israelis swim at an unauthorized beach in Tel Aviv. (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Illustrative: Israelis swim at an unauthorized beach in Tel Aviv. (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Two people drowned on Saturday at beaches in central Israel, according to the Magen David Adom emergency response service.

Paramedics said a 23-year-old man drowned at the Maayan Zvi beach, near the city of Zichron Yaakov, early Saturday morning. Rescue crews attempted to revive him after swimmers pulled him out of the sea, but ultimately pronounced him dead at the scene.

A short time later, a 50-year-old man drowned while swimming at an unofficial beach in Herzliya. The man was pulled out of the water alive but in critical condition. He was rushed to Meir hospital Kfar Saba, where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to Magen David Adom, the number of recorded drownings in 2018 is 12 times higher than recorded during the entire swimming season last year.

Since the start of swimming season mid-March, MDA said its paramedics have treated 201 people who have been pulled out of beaches or pools. Of those, 51 people have died, including 13 young children.

According to MDA figures, 39 people died by drowning in Israel during the 2017 swimming season.

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