Sunday, October 12, 2014

Perú: Tragedy Finds Israeli Paddlers on Rapids of the Apurímac River

According to The Jerusalem Post, helicopter search-and-rescue team on Saturday (October 11) found the body of the last Israeli tourist who went missing after an ill-fated rafting accident on Monday (October 6), the Foreign Ministry confirmed.

The man’s body was found in the Apurímac River and was transferred to Cusco for positive identification. It will be flown to Israel along with the body of a woman who also went missing in the accident, that was found on the river bank on Friday (October 10) by an insurance company’s helicopter search-and-rescue team.

The rafting accident occurred on October 6 on the Apurímac. Six other Israelis on the raft found their way to safety.

According to the Foreign Ministry, a local guide on the raft reported the accident, and local search teams--augmented by a team sent by an insurance company--were searching the river banks for the missing Israelis. Their families have been notified.

COMMENT: To see the manner in which river rapids are classified see the below:

Typically, on the Purímac River in Perú, most of the time paddlers will encounter class III+ and IV rapids , but on occasion IV + and V rapids will be encountered.

The Israeli consul general in Lima, Amir Cohen, as well as embassy staff and officials from the consular section in Jerusalem, were in constant contact with local authorities and search teams. They are making arrangements for shipping the victims’ bodies home to Israel.

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