Search and Rescue Unit volunteers from the Megillot Unit run by Israelife, located 11 missing teenage girls in Nachal OG this evening after the group had been separated from the rest of their seminary. The seminary, which is located in Bnei Brak, had taken 170 students on a hike of the Nachal, located in the northern Dead Sea area. The main group had finished the hike and was boarding the bus when the counselors noticed that 11 students were missing.
At first, the counselors began searching in the surrounding area to the end of the hike. But as darkness was falling and they still hadn’t found the girls they called in the Megillot Search and Rescue Unit which included a volunteer ambulance driver from United Hatzalah. The Megillot Unit was quick about their work and was thankfully able to locate the girls fairly quickly further back along the trail. They helped them navigate the terrain in the dark and reunited them with the rest of their group. No one suffered any injuries during the incident.
Matan Murad, Commander of the Megillot Search and Rescue Unit said: “We were alerted to the missing girls and went immediately to search for them. Once we heard from their group where they had been we began searching and thankfully found them fairly quickly. We were able to help them navigate the trail and reunite with the rest of their group without sustaining any injuries. A tragedy was certainly averted tonight. This is our job. We are called in to help search for missing hikers on a fairly regular basis and we are always thankful when situations end like this one.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)