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IDF Lieutenant Noam Rubinstein, 22, died on Thursday while traveling
in Cerro Castillo in southern Chile.
Rubinstein, traveling with another
Israeli tourist, injured her ankle in the remote mountain range.
accompanying friend left to get help, but a rescue team arrived just hours after
Rubinstein succumbed to hypothermia.
"When we arrived at the
scene we saw a woman lying on the ground, and immediately we understood that
something was wrong. We tried to finds signs of life, but there were none,"
Jorje Gaurdio, head of the local rescue team, told local media.
Rubinstein had been backpacking in South America after finishing her regular
She was planning on returning to Israel for
permanent service as an IDF officer.
The IDF said that the
family has been notified and is working in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry
to repatriate her body.
Rubinstein was from Misgav in northern
Israel, and is survived by her parents and two brothers.