Man injured in minefield falls to death from rescue helicopter - Israel

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Man injured in minefield falls to death from rescue helicopter - Israel

Three Arab youths were having a 'picnic' in a minefield. One triggered a mine and had his foot blown off. A rescue helicopter and medivac rescued him and strapped him to a stretcher however the straps didn't hold him and he fell to his death.

What were they doing having a picnic in a mine field? According to some commentators they were looking for mines that might have surfaced after heavy rain to use in creating weapons.

Wadi Ara youth ventures into minefield in northern Israel, wounded by blast. Subsequent rescue attempt goes wrong as airlift fails, man falls from helicopter Sharon Roffe-Ofir

An Israeli man sustained severe injuries Wednesday after venturing into a minefield located near the northern Israeli city of Beit She'an.

Massive Police and Magen David Adom emergency services were called to the scene, as well as an Air Force medevac meant to airlift him to the nearest hospital.

Medical teams spent 90 minutes making their way through the minefield in order to administer first aid. Once they ascertained the victim had lost his foot to the blast and stabilized him, he was strapped to the medevac's gear and airlifted off the field.

According to reports, at this point the rescue took a dreadful turn, as the injured man somehow slipped from the straps, fell to the ground from a substantial altitude, and suffered critical injuries.

The Beit She'an Police launched an investigation as to how the man, a resident of Wadi Ara, came to enter the minefield in the first place, since the area is surrounded by a fence and clearly marked to ward people off.

An initial investigating derived that the man and two of his friends arrived on the premises with the intention of holding a picnic. The three ignored the warning signs posted near the field and ventured in. Several minutes later an explosion took place, injuring one.

Mass emergency forces were immediately dispatched to the area, but were unable to attend to the wounded man as he was several hundred yards inside the minefield.

A police sapper was able to make his way through the minefield. The medevac arrived at the scene by this time, and the man was strapped to the appropriate gear and airlifted away. Several minutes later, he fell.

According to police officials he was rushed to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa in critical condition and later died of his wounds.

From http://news.nana10.co.il/Ar...

Interesting commentary here

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By netchicken: posted on 12-3-2009








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