An Israeli woman died over the weekend, having drowned while on vacation with her husband in the Sinai Peninsula, Hebrew-language media reported Sunday.
Orit Peled, 49, was staying at a resort in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, located at the southern end of the Egyptian peninsula, a popular tourist destination for Israelis.
The foreign ministry has been informed of the incident and is assisting the family in returning the woman’s body to Israel for burial, according to reports.
Speaking to Jewish media, Orit’s husband Itzik said she had a seizure while diving, accusing local lifeguards of not having enough CPR knowledge to save her life.
he told Channel 13 news that Orit was an experienced diver who went to Sinai two or three times a year to dive.
“He said there was no place like this in the world,” he said, adding that he was an “extraordinary person”.
Orit’s Last Dive: For 25 years, Orit Peled used to go down to Sharm and dive at the “most beautiful dive site in the world,” he says. Her partner Itzik said: “She suffered from epilepsy, but she kept herself to herself and she was unwilling to give up diving. She did her good.”@nataliemetuko pic.twitter.com/A0ux07bU7b
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She said that while Orit suffered from epilepsy, “she was always with a guide holding her hand. She took medications and didn’t have any seizures all the time ”.
On Friday, the couple went to a family beach in Orit, where they wanted to snorkel.
“I was scared, but she wanted him,” he said. “She took Me with her and I dived. After 30 minutes I went to the dock and she continued. Suddenly I saw that something was wrong. I called a lifeguard and told them to get in the water, but they didn’t know how to do CPR. They had no equipment. There was a tourist who gave her resuscitation, but she didn’t help.
In April, Israeli airline Arkia offered a new direct flight from Tel Aviv to Sharm el-Sheikh, causing a sharp increase in Israeli tourism to the peninsula.
This year, for the first time in over a decade, the Israeli National Security Council downsized its travel warning for parts of the Sinai Peninsula.
Shortly before the pandemic, travel to Sinai hit record highs. In October 2019, more than 150,000 Israelis visited Sinai during the Jewish holidays, when many Israelis have holidays from work and school.
And after two pandemic years marked by blockades and canceled flights, Israelis have tried to travel again, both across Israel’s borders and closer to home, to the country’s many nature reserves and national parks.
On Saturday, a 71-year-old man drowned after entering the Jordan River in the Kibbutz Kfar HaNassi area of northern Israel. In another incident, a 70-year-old woman who was hiking in the Banias spring in the Golan Heights was rescued after slipping and falling into the water.
Three other Israelis were pulled out of the water after nearly drowning all day.
On Friday, 15-year-old Az a-Din Awad from the northern Israeli city of Tamra was pronounced dead after drowning in the Jordan River the day before.
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