Wife of Russian Maccabiah competitor falls to her death hiking in Judean Desert

The wife of a Russian judoka competing in the upcoming Maccabiah Games fell to her death on Saturday afternoon when she was hiking with her 17-year-old daughter between Nahal Arugot and Nahal David, in the Judean Desert. An IAF rescue unit evacuated the daughter, who was in moderate-serious condition after dehydrating, and pulled the mother's body from a 30-meter-deep ravine. The daughter told rescue services that after the two had set out from Ein Gedi, her mother had decided to take a short cut, off the designated path. The 17-year-old said she lost eye contact with her mother and therefore decided not to continue. She said that when the rescue team arrived, she didn't even knew that her mother had fallen. The daughter was evacuated to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for treatment.