Uruguayan tourist collapses and dies at the Dead Sea
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Uruguayan tourist collapses and dies at the Dead Sea

Police open investigation into circumstances of 74-year-old woman's death

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Illustrative: A helicopter evacuates people who suffered from deyhdration at the Dead Sea following a heavy heat wave, in southern Israel, on July 3, 2017. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90
Illustrative: A helicopter evacuates people who suffered from deyhdration at the Dead Sea following a heavy heat wave, in southern Israel, on July 3, 2017. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90

Magen David Adom paramedics declared a female tourist from Uruguay dead Sunday morning. She had collapsed after coming out of the Dead Sea.

An MDA spokesman told The Times of Israel that paramedics arrived at Kalia Beach in the West Bank to find the 74-year-old unconscious. They attempted to resuscitate her for 40 minutes before declaring her dead.

Police opened an investigation into the circumstances of the death and to confirm the identity of the victim.

In May, Russian lawmaker Vasily Tarasyuk drowned in the Dead Sea while vacationing in Israel. State Duma deputy Nikolai Nikolaev told Russian media the millionaire lawmaker had been very ill for some time.

Tarasyuk served as deputy chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on Natural Resources and Utilization. Before becoming a parliamentarian Tarasyuk was the general director of the Afipsky Oil Processing Factory.

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