Yanai Rimon
Yanai Rimon Courtesy of the family

Rescue services on Saturday night renewed their efforts to locate Yanai Rimon, a 24-year-old Israeli hiker who went missing in Mexico - and succeeded in locating his body.

Rimon was declared missing after falling from a height of five meters and being pulled into a waterfall and swept away by the current.

Rescue forces had been searching for Rimon unsuccessfully for two days. He was found shortly after they renewed their search on Saturday night.

Rimon, who served in an elite IDF unit, was hiking in Central America following the completion of his mandatory army service.

In a statement, Israel's Foreign Ministry said, "The body of Yanai Rimon was found after two days of searching in the area where he fell into the river. The Israeli Consul in Mexico, Shmuel Eitan, together with the PassportCard insurance company and MAGNUS search and rescue, coordinated the searches together with locals."

"The family of Yanai Rimon has been notified. The Foreign Ministry and Israeli Embassy in Mexico share the family's heavy mourning."

The Foreign Ministry added that a search and rescue team had been sent from Israel to serve as reinforcements for the local team.

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