Eight Israeli hikers found in Chilean mountains

Sunday, April 15, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The eight Israeli backpackers reported lost in South America were found late Saturday evening in Chile’s Puyehue National Park. A Chilean Air Force helicopter spotted the Israelis and the rescue was made.

Just three days earlier, the eight Israelis and three others who had accompanied them were reported missing. Due to the violent weather, search and rescue operations were prevented until late Saturday when a helicopter was sent and found the missing hikers.

Two days ago, park authorities evacuated most of the backpackers in the national park when the weather turned stormy, but were unable to locate the 11 hikers who were still on the trails at the time.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry was in contact with the families of all the Israelis, and Israel's consul in Chile, Ilan Weizman, was informed.

In December, three Israeli hikers who were also reported missing, Nimrod Vered, Gal Idan and Lior Rosen, were located and brought to safety in a joint effort by Israeli and Chilean search and rescue teams.

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