2 Israeli women die in boating accident in Chile

Aside from the two dead victims, four Israelis were severely injured and 10 sustained light injuries.

By TPS and World Israel News Staff

Two Israeli tourists in Chile died and several others were injured when their boat capsized on Saturday. They were sailing on the Rio Paine River in the Torres del Paine National Park.

The families of the victims, ages 71 and 61, have been notified, Israel’s Foreign Ministry stated.

Another four Israelis were severely injured in the accident, and 10 others sustained light injuries. All tourists in their 60s and 70s, they were evacuated to local hospitals in the south of the country.

The Israeli consul in Chile, Leon Suissa, arrived at the hospitals to assist the injured patients.

Israel’s Ambassador to Chile Eldad Chayat and the Department for Israelis Abroad in the Consular Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are monitoring the “difficult incident” and are in contact with the injured and with the relevant authorities in Chile, the foreign ministry said.