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Sunday 23 April 2017

Middle East

Body of 3rdIsraeli missing in Kinneret since last week found

Wednesday 19/April/2017 - 03:13 PM
Sada El Balad
The body of Itamar Ohana، 19، from Kiryat Shmona، who went missing in the waters of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) last Wednesday، was found on Tuesday afternoon، on the seventh day of an extensive search، as Israel Hayom said.

Ohana had gone into the water to help in the search for Nachman Itach، 21، from Beitar Ilit، south of Jerusalem، and Liron Karadi، 17، from the central city of Netanya، who went missing in the lake earlier that day. Their bodies were recovered on Monday afternoon.
Sudden strong winds struck the lake last Wednesday and the Northern District Police's naval patrol unit rescued 80 people who were swept away by the currents.

Police and Israeli Navy divers teamed up in the search for the three men، focusing on the deep waters 300 meters (about 1،000 feet) from Lavnun Beach on the eastern side of the lake، where they were last seen.

The police set up a command center on the beach to better coordinate the operation. The police's naval patrol unit led the search، which included patrol boats، jet skis and divers، assisted by mounted police and a ground search along the beach. Police helicopters conducted a simultaneous aerial search.

All three bodies were eventually found using advanced navy sonar.

Ohana's body was located 25 meters (82 feet) underwater، a few hundred feet from where Itach's and Karadi's bodies were found the previous day.

Ohana's mother، Rachel، described him as "a wonderful child. He was an excellent swimmer، which is why he joined the search، to save other people's lives."

Ohana was laid to rest in his hometown of Kiryat Shmona on Wednesday afternoon.

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