Search ongoing for two people missing after Dead Sea swim

Written by on July 22, 2021

Two hikers who entered the Dead Sea were probably swept away by strong currents. Large forces are searching for them.

An aerial view shows the Dead Sea shore the dead sea and its surroundings on October 18, 2020.  (photo credit: MENACHEM LEDERMAN/FLASH90)

An aerial view shows the Dead Sea shore the dead sea and its surroundings on October 18, 2020.

(photo credit: MENACHEM LEDERMAN/FLASH90)

Two hikers in their 20s disappeared Thursday evening after swimming in the Dead Sea. 

The two entered the water in an area without a lifeguard, and were carried out to sea by strong winds, According to Ynet.

Some 25 civil and military search and rescue personnel began searching for the two, who as of 1 a.m. Friday have not been sighted. 

The search teams are being assisted by a police helicopter and a thermal drone, along with a tourist vessel that is using its strong search lights to assist the team in the physical search. 

According to the Ynet report, while technically it is impossible to drown on the Dead Sea, the hikers are still in danger because of exhaustion that may lead to swallowing excessive amount of saltwater, which can lead to edema in the lungs.

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