DAVID MEITAV with father 370.
(photo credit: Western Galilee Government Hospital)
A four-year-old boy who lost consciousness in the waters of Lake Kinneret (the
Sea of Galilee) on Saturday died at Emek Medical Center in Afula on
Police have opened an investigation into suspicions of negligence
on the part of his parents and the lifeguard on duty at the beach.
boy arrived with his family from Givatayim at the Kinneret beach on Saturday,
and wandered into the lake on his own.
According to an initial police
investigation, the parents noticed the boy was gone several minutes after he
vanished, and alerted the lifeguard.
The guard located the boy floating
in the water and administered CPR until paramedics arrived.
rushed the youngster to the children’s intensive care unit at Poriya Hospital
near Tiberias, and managed to revive his pulse en route. He was later
taken to Emek Medical Center.
Meanwhile, two boys aged 10 entered the
Mediterrenean Sea at Habonim Beach, near Zichron Ya’acov, and became stranded in
the waters. Emergency services retrieved the boys, and tried to revive one who
showed no signs of life. The attempts were unsuccessul and paramedics declared
the boy dead. His friend is in fair condition.
Meanwhile, a four-year-old
boy from Or Akiva, hospitalized in critical condition after a near-fatal
drowning in the pool of a guest house in the Western Galilee, has been
David Meitav was rushed on Wednesday to Nahariya’s Western Galilee
Government Hospital, where he was attached to a respirator and deeply sedated.
The hospital reported on Sunday that his condition had improved greatly and that
he had been able to get out of bed. Medical tests showed that he was gradually
returning to normal. Hadas said that as David regained consciousness on the 15th
of Av, the family decided to make that his “new birthday” to celebrate every
His parents, Nadav and Hadas, haven’t left his beside since the
Hospital director-general Dr. Masad Barhoom, who visited the
family several times during the past few days, said there has been an increase
of drownings and near-drownings and other preventable accidents in his area
since the school vacation began.