Four drown at beaches across country

In two cases, victims enter waters at beaches not designated for recreation.

June 9, 2007 15:44
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Four people drowned this weekend at various beaches across the country. One person drowned off the Atlit beach, one in Caesarea and two in Ashdod. The body of 61-year-old Michael Levine was pulled from the waters at the Ashdod port Saturday morning. His family had notified police he was missing after going swimming in the area. At Metsuda Beach in Ashdod the body of a 21-year-old Rehovot resident was pulled from the waters. The young man disappeared on Friday after being carried to sea while swimming with a friend. Meanwhile, at Kashatot Beach in Caesarea, a beach that is not designated for recreational swimming, the body of 49-year-old Alexander Blau from Hadera was found adrift near the coast. Israel Radio reported that police were investigating the circumstances which led to his death. At another beach near Atlit, also undesignated for swimming, Magen David Adom medics were called to treat a 50-year-old man who had been pulled ashore by bystanders. The man died after medics failed to resuscitate him. As a result of the recent rash in swimming accidents, MDA has asked that all citizens take a first aid course to learn mouth-to-mouth resuscitation skills.

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