Police rescue five missing Israelis clinging to overturned boat in the Kinneret

The five people set sail from the shore at around 15:00 Sunday afternoon and when they had not returned by 21:00 a report was sent to police.

May 27, 2019 07:35
Patrol boat on the Sea of Galilee as part of rescue operations.

Patrol boat on the Sea of Galilee as part of rescue operations.. (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)


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Police located and rescued five people reported missing on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) on Sunday evening.

The five Israelis - a father, his two sons and their two friends from Kochav Ya'akov - set sail from the shore at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. When they had not returned by 9 p.m. a report was filed to the police. 

A large search operation was undertaken including several patrol boats, a police helicopter and police patrols searching the area surrounding the water, according to the Police Spokesperson's Unit. 

At around 1 a.m. Monday morning, a patrol boat found the group clinging to the side of their upturned vessel around seven kilometers (four miles) from the shore.

All five of the group were evacuated to a hospital for medical assistance. Four were reported to be in mild condition and one suffering from hypothermia. 

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