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18-year-old dies trying to save his dog from drowning in a lake

Young man passes away in hospital after drowning incident in Rishon Lezion; dog survives

Sahar Perel with a dog, undated video (Screen grab/Channel 12 news)
Sahar Perel with a dog, undated video (Screen grab/Channel 12 news)

An 18-year-old man died on Saturday from injuries he sustained while trying to save his dog from drowning two days before.

The man, later named as Sahar Perel, jumped into a lake in the central city of Rishon Lezion on Thursday after his dog was swept into the water.

The youth then began struggling in the water himself, witnesses told Channel 12.

One of his friends jumped in to try to rescue him, but was unsuccessful.

He was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics, who deemed his condition very severe.

Medics said they found him unconscious, with no pulse and not breathing.

He was put on a ventilator at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, and died on Saturday morning.

The dog survived.

The incident happened at Agam Hanakik, or Gorge Lake, an artificial body of water in the central city.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the dog and the man were swept into the water, but another lake feeds into Agam Hanakik, and from there, water flows outward to storage pools.

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