Five Israeli hikers in Nepal have been rescued by helicopter over the past two weeks, Israeli insurance agency the Phoenix stated. According to the company, there has been a 40% increase in rescue missions in comparison to last year.
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A 22-year-old Israeli hiker was rescued this morning (Monday) in Nepal after feeling ill while trekking at an altitude of 4,200 meters in the Annapurna Circuit. A helicopter from Israeli insurance agency the Phoenix arrived at the scene and evacuated the hiker to Swacon International Hospital in Kathmandu for further medical treatment. The young Israeli woman called for help via WhatsApp, where she reported that her condition was worsening.
This rescue mission came mere hours after a 25-year-old Israeli hiker was evacuated from the same region. Over the weekend, a 27-year-old Israeli trekker who also was not feeling well was rescued from the Mount Everest Base Camp in the same circuit, where two additional Israeli hikers were rescued last week.
The Phoenix has rescued a total of five Israeli women over the past two weeks, two of whom were rescued within a 24-hour period. According to the insurance agency, there has been a 40% increase in the Phoenix’s airborne rescue missions in comparison to this time last year, despite an increase of only 25% of people insured by the company.