Elderly Man Found at Last Minute with Hypothermia

An elderly man from central Israel is in serious condition after getting lost, spending the entire night outside.

Maayana Miskin,

Police search (illustrative)
Police search (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

An elderly man from central Israel who went missing Wednesday was found Thursday, having spent the night outside.

78-year-old Shmuel Perachia was found by police volunteers. He was taken to hospital in moderate-to-serious condition.

Due to the cold weather, the man could have lost his life had volunteers not found him. Wednesday night and Thursday morning were particularly cold, with sub-freezing weather in much of the country.

Perachia left his home at a retirement center in Ramat Gan at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He later called his wife and daughter several times and told them he had fallen down and was stuck in a bush.

He was disoriented, and was unable to explain where he was. Police immediately launched a search, and spent the night and morning looking for him with help from volunteers.

He was finally found near the Drive In theater in Tel Aviv.