A jet-skiing accident on Lake Kinneret Saturday afternoon finished with a happy ending when police located a missing man in the water five hours later.
The man, a 29-year-old Kiryat Motzkin resident, was riding on a jet ski with two friends when it overturned 1.5 km. from the Tiberias shore.
Two of the men were thrown from the craft and quickly drifted away. The third man alerted police, who scrambled three boats.
After two hours, police located one of the men, healthy but exhausted, 4 km. away from the shore.
As darkness fell over the lake, hopes for the second man dwindled. Police requested help from the IAF, which promptly sent a rescue helicopter and airplanes.
Five hours after the initial collision, the crew of one of the police boats heard a man yelling for help, and found the missing man adrift in the water.
An officer at the scene said the victim was exhausted and panicked, but otherwise fine.
Marine police said the young men's adherence to safety standards had prevented a tragedy.
"The life jackets are the main reason that the victim survived in the water for five hours," they said.