Israeli tourist rescued from Mt. Everest in dramatic operation

The rescue team arrived just in the nick of time, preventing what could have been a disaster.

November 7, 2017 18:15
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A TOURIST looks at a view of Mount Everest from the hills of Syangboche in Nepal. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A 24-year-old Israeli tourist was evacuated from Mount Everest on Tuesday in a dramatic operation carried out by Israel's Phoenix insurance company in Nepal.

While the tourist was climbing the world-famous range, she felt ill and reported via instant message application Whatsapp that she required immediate evacuation while she was scaling the mountain at 4,840 meters. The woman was evacuated rapidly to a hospital in Nepal's capital Kathmandu, where she received medical treatment and went through a series of medical examinations.

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A representative on behalf of the Phoenix group told the press that it was the second rescue mission the company had set out on in Nepal this week. "As we did in previous rescue missions in Nepal, whose number grew this year, we acted at the utmost speed from the moment we got the call in order to bring the tourist to a place where she could receive quick medical treatment and checkups."

An influx of incidents involving Israeli tourists traveling in Asia has emerged over the past several months. Just last month, a 22-year-old Israeli tourist found her death in Kyrgyzstan after she fell while hiking. Hila Livne recently finished her military service in the IDF, and was on a post-army trek when the incident that happened ended her life.

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