Fire crews were working late on Wednesday evening in Kiryat Yam to save a 42-year old man who had fallen into a hole that collapsed while he was digging it.
Rescue workers had already extricated his son after he had fallen in while trying to help his father out the hole. However, progress was slow, as the workers feared causing a landslide that would bury the father, and they therefore only used spades to free him.
They freed the son by digging a hole next to the one the father had burrowed, a fire service spokesman said, adding that the son was lightly injured.
The father, who was trapped five meters below ground level, was conscious and was maintaining contact with the 12-man rescue team, although he was believed to be moderately injured.
The father dug the hole in his garden in order to lay down concrete for construction purposes, the spokesman said.
The victims' names weren't available by press time.