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(photo credit: ZAKA)
British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould presented ZAKA Chairman Yehuda
Meshi-Zahav with an underwater scooter, in a ceremony at the ambassador’s
official residence in Ramat Gan on Friday.
The ceremony took place less
than 48 hours after ZAKA volunteers were among the first responders to the
bombing at a Jerusalem bus stop that left UK national Mary Gardner dead, and
wounded dozens more.
According to ZAKA, an international, volunteerbased
emergency response organization, the underwater scooter will be utilized by the
ZAKA divers unit, one of their four specialized search and rescue
Gould was given a demonstration of the scooter in action on
Friday, when ZAKA diver Roi Rachmamim, did a few underwater laps in the
ambassador’s pool. Gould later switched into swim trunks and took the scooter on
a spin around the pool as well, but only after ensuring that no photographers
would capture the moment.
The hand-held underwater scooter looks like a
small plastic torpedo and allows a diver to coast through the water at around
3.5 km without effort.
Poolside on Friday, Gould told ZAKA
representatives “we support you, we salute you, we’re very pleased to work with
you, and the very sad events of the past week – the rocket attacks against
innocent civilians [in southern Israel] and the death of a British woman in
Jerusalem in a terror attack – has really brought home in a very sad way how
your work is essential and how very glad we are that ZAKA is there to be doing
In a press release issued the day before the ceremony,
Meshi-Zahav said “When we arranged the presentation of this generous gift from
the British Embassy to the ZAKA Divers Unit, we never imagined that it would
take place just 48 hours after ZAKA volunteers tried to save the life of a
British national in a terror attack in Jerusalem.
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scooter, which allows the ZAKA divers to move faster through the water, will
certainly help us in our humanitarian mission to save lives, regardless of
religion, race or creed.”
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