people swimming in Kinneret 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Swimming pools and the beaches took a heavy toll over the weekend, with three
people – including a 14-month-old baby – dead from drowning. Three others
were seriously hurt in near-drowning incidents, Magen David Adom said on
The first-aid and rescue organization warned parents to be
actively on guard to protect children during the summer swimming season and the
school vacation that has just begun.
In one tragic case, a baby, while
his father went to the bathroom in the family’s home in Omer near Beersheba on
Shabbat, reached the unfenced pool and drowned. MDA paramedics tried to save him
with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but he was declared dead at Soroka
University Medical Center.
A unconscious 60-year-old man was pulled from
the water off of Bograshov Beach in Tel Aviv. Paramedics from MDA’s phone center
instructed passersby on what to do until they arrived and tried to resuscitate
him, but he died nevertheless.
Around noon on Shabbat, a young man was
found floating unconscious in the water at Aliya Beach in Jaffa. MDA medics
resuscitated the man, who is about 20, and took him to Wolfson Medical Center in
Holon for treatment.
Two hours later, a 57-year-old man at the Sironit
Beach in Netanya was taken out of the water after he lost
His pulse was restored, and he was taken in critical
condition to Laniado Medical Center in the city.
The same day, a
21-year-old man from Jenin was pulled out of the water, also at Sironit Beach.
However, efforts to save him were unsuccessful and he died.
evening, MDA medics were again called to the Herbert Samuel platform in Tel Aviv
to save a 25-year-old man, a 22- year-old woman and a 14-yearold boy from
They were taken to the hospital in moderate and light
At the Recital Beach on Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee), a
passing boat hit a 45-year-old man in the head. He was taken by MDA helicopter
to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
MDA said that no one should bathe at
beaches without a lifeguard present. If bathers reach the beach during
unsupervised hours, they must stay out of the water completely. When swimming,
stay within the line of sight of the lifeguard. If you can’t see him from the
beach, he is unable to see you, and you are liable to be in
“Water games” such as attempts to dunk others by jumping on them
are dangerous, MDA said. Also, do not jump head first into shallow water, as it
could end in a spinal accident. Don’t run around the edge of a swimming pool
because you may slip.
Recognize your capabilities. Swim in water
that you can cope with, and don’t reach exhaustion. If your friends are swimming
farther than you are able to go, don’t join them.
Always remember that
you have to swim the same distance back. Don’t swim near a current breaker,
because a vortex may pull you down.
Never allow babies or toddlers to be
alone in the water for even a second. The riskiest ages for drowning are up to
five years old. Because their heads are relatively heavier compared to the rest
of their bodies, they are liable to flip over with their heads into the water of
the sea, a bathtub or even a small plastic tub; at this age, they don’t
understand the danger and how to take care of themselves.
occur within a few seconds, MDA said.
Floating plastic rings and arm
floats give a false sense of security to parents. As these objects do not give
full protection, one must guard children closely even if they are wearing
In the case of drowning, take the victim from the water without
risking your own life.
Call MDA at 101. Listen to instructions on what to
do before the ambulance arrives.
If the victim is not breathing (his
chest is not rising and falling), lay him on his back far from the waterline and
massage his chest as instructed.
Even if the person regains consciousness
and feels better, he should be taken to a hospital emergency
Separately on Sunday, MDA received an emergency call from a haredi
neighborhood in Jerusalem when an eight-dayold baby lost a lot of blood after
being ritually circumcised. He was taken to hospital with a suspected mild
rupture of a vein.