2 Israelis killed in accident in Chile

2 Israeli tourists in their 60s and 70s injured as boat capsizes in a river in southern Chile. 4 other Israelis seriously injured.

Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 09:35


Two Israeli women, aged 61 and 71, were killed on Sunday when a boat capsized in a river in southern Chile. 4 other Israeli citizens were seriously injured, while dozens of others were lightly injured.

The victims were evacuated to local hospitals. The families have been notified.

The Israeli consul in Chile, Leon Suissa, is making his way to the scene.

The Foreign Ministry said that Israel's ambassador to Chile, Eldad Khayat, and the Department for Israelis Abroad in the Consular Section of the Foreign Ministry are accompanying the incident and are in contact with the casualties and the relevant authorities in Chile.

The department staff is in continuous contact with the organizers of the trip in Israel and with the consul in the field and will continue to handle the case, as required.

According to MDA, "On Sunday morning, with the news of the boat accident in Chile, in which 16 Israeli tourists were injured, MDA Director-General Eli Bin instructed MDA to act immediately to assist the injured.

"Magen David Adom representatives spoke with the Israeli Embassy in Chile and offered all necessary assistance and are in contact with representatives of the Red Cross in Chile. MDA, as the Israel Red Cross is in good working relations with them.

"At the same time, with the assistance of PassportCard, an MDA paramedic staying in South America was sent to the hospital where the injured Israelis are staying and will arrive in the next few hours.

"MDA is operating in full coordination and in cooperation with PassportCard, which insures 12 of the injured travelers."