MDA holds lifesaving demonstration for Netanya beachgoers

Medics provide lessons in Hebrew, French due to high frequency of downing cases this summer.

August 21, 2013 17:19
MDA demonstration in Netanya.

MDA demonstration in Netanya to French speakers 370. (photo credit: Courtesy MDA)

Hebrew- and French-speaking bathers at the Sironit beach in Netanya were treated to a lifesaving lesson from Magen David Adom on Tuesday in their respective language.

Due to the frequent cases of drowning at the beaches this summer, MDA medics and ambulance drivers brought their equipment to the beach to teach both Israelis and tourists from France who frequent Netanya in large numbers in the summer.

The lesson included a mock rescue of a person who drowned in the sea and workshops on resuscitation. Mobile intensive care units, beach ambulances, a four-wheel drive vehicle and a jeep ambulance and motorcycle were used.

Lifesavers from the Netanya Municipality also participated by using their equipment to “rescue” bathers in the water. MDA said the effort was meant to increase awareness of the dangers of drowning and explanations on how to stay safe.

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