Teenager falls from cliff in Galilee, suffers multi-system injury

She was walking near the Keshet Cave and missed a sharp turn. "If you miss [it]," said attending EMT Moshe Raveh, "you can fall over the edge of the cliff."

Moshe Raveh at the scene of the Keshet Cave on Shabbat afternoon, December 12, 2020.  (photo credit: Courtesy)
Moshe Raveh at the scene of the Keshet Cave on Shabbat afternoon, December 12, 2020.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A 14-year-old girl was evacuated to the Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa in critical condition after falling from a cliff during a trip to the western Galilee, suffering from a multi-system injury, N12 reported.
About 30 minutes later, MDA paramedics, followed by IDF rescue teams, arrived at the scene and administered CPR, before an IDF Search and Rescue chopper arrived and evacuated the unconscious girl to the Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa. In total, the evacuation took three hours.
She was walking near the Keshet Cave and missed a sharp turn. "If you miss [it]," said attending EMT Moshe Raveh, "you can fall over the edge of the cliff."
Raveh, a police officer, and a bystander walked down to the ravine and found the girl unresponsive and unconscious. "We were worried about the steep drop on one side of us and not falling over the edge, and also worried about the gathered crowd on the cliff above us knocking rocks down on top of us. At the same time, we had to treat the girl for her injuries," recounted Raveh.
Raveh has been an EMT for a long time. "However," he said, "it was certainly challenging and difficult to reach the girl on the edge of a cliff and treat her there without being able to get her any other help until the helicopter arrived to transport her."
Still, he said, "I am very happy that I was able to go and that I had the training and equipment necessary to help save her life and stabilize her while we waited for transport."
Tobias Siegal contributed to this report.