Man killed in Netanya cliff avalanche

Harel Barlin, 26, from Kfar Monash, buried by rocks when gravel cliff collapses; 2 others lightly hurt.

May 30, 2009 07:20
Man killed in Netanya cliff avalanche

netanya cliffs 248.88. (photo credit: Courtesy)

A young hiker was killed when a gravel cliff avalanched near a beach in Netanya overnight Friday. The man, Harel Barlin, 26, from Kfar Monash, had set up camp with his friends near the coarse sand cliffs of Netanya when the gravel collapsed over their tents. The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. near the Blue Bay Hotel in the Zukei Yam beach, north of the city. Two people were lightly injured in the incident and were taken to the city's Laniado Hospital. The third person, according to Magen David Adom, was "simply buried under the rocks." The gravel cliffs near Netanya have been deemed dangerous for years as they are not fortified with metal beams or fences which would prevent the soft dirt from collapsing. Several hotels built along the cliff's edge are considered to be in danger. A similar incident occurred near Hadera last year in Givat Olga when several people were injured.

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