Watch: Soldiers Retrieve Body of Fallen Hiker

Elite IDF rescuers sadly unable to save 40-year-old man, who fell off a cliff while hiking in the Judean desert.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Footage has emerged showing an elite IDF unit retrieving the body of a hiker who fell from a cliff in the Judean Desert Tuesday.

The 40-year-old resident of Jerusalem was one of tens of thousands of Israelis enjoying the Pesach (Passover) holiday by hiking and touring the land of Israel, when he fell down a 50-meter (over 160 feet) cliff face at Nahal Og, located northwest of the Dead Sea.

The video shows soldiers from the air force's elite Unit 669 evacuating his body by helicopter, after he was tragically pronounced dead at the scene by rescue crew volunteers with the Judea and Samaria district police, who aided soldiers in retrieving the body.

An initial investigation into the cause of the fall revealed that the hiker fell off the cliff into the valley while walking on a path above, although the direct circumstances of why he fell from there remain unclear.

It was not the only hiking-related accident of the day.

Earlier on Tuesday rescue team volunteers saved a 51-year-old woman who broke her leg in Wadi Kelt, also in the Judean Desert.

A Magen David Adom (MDA) crew evacuated her to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.

Elsewhere in Israel, rescue teams in the Golan Heights were called to save a 70-year-old man who fainted during a walk on the Al-Yahudiya path. A medical team that was part of the dispatch provided him with treatment.



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