A five-year-old girl and a 50-year-old woman were critically wounded by a ship capsizing in Yafo Port on Tuesday, in a tragic accident that lightly wounded nine others.
Magen David Adom (MDA) medics performed resuscitation procedures on the two critically wounded and evacuated them together with the other wounded to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.
Members of the Israeli Air Force's elite 669 rescue unit, along with police forces, MDA crews and the coast guard took part in rescuing the passengers of the ship.
MDA paramedic Uri Shartzki, who was among the first on the scene, said "we received a report on a ship that capsized with 11 people on board, we arrived adjacent to the Yafo Port pier where we joined with the coast guard."
"We saw in the waters close to the shore people being rescued from the sea by the (coast guard) officers, bringing to us among them a six-year-old girl and a woman around 50-years-old, who were unconscious with no pulse and were not breathing," recalled Shartzki.
After conducting advanced resuscitation, "which included electric shocks, medicine, massage and artificial respiration, and after some time we evacuated them while continuing resuscitation to the hospital," he noted.
"In addition 9 people were brought to us who were rescued from the waters while fully conscious and in light condition, suffering from bruises, swallowing water and light hypothermia," Shartzki added. "We gave them medical treatment and evacuated them for continued treatment at the hospital."