Adiel Hassid, who survived the Dead Sea flash flood tragedy on Thursday, spoke with Hadashot news a day after 10 of his peers were killed on an organized hike. “The second I turned around, I saw the girls being swept away in the current,” he recalled.
Near the Dead Sea, Thursday Photo Credit: Maor Kinsbursky/Flash 90
As the families and friends of the 10 Israeli teenagers who were killed in a flash flood on Thursday continue to mourn, the high-school students who survived the tragedy are recalling the hike in the Tzafit River area, which was supposed to be a fun bonding event.
“All of a sudden, we heard a loud noise behind us, rocks crashing against walls and loud booms,” Adiel Hassid told Hadashot news. “The medic yelled ‘flood’ and ‘everyone, get to higher ground,’ and everyone started to yell ‘flood, flood.’ I jumped onto a step and the second I turned around, I saw the girls being swept away in the current.”
According to Hassid, the students were told that an Israeli Air Force official had told the pre-military academy that flooding was only expected in the afternoon hours and that they were not in any danger. “There’s no reason to search for someone to blame now because 10 teenagers who hadn’t even begun their lives have died, and that’s the saddest thing that could happen,” he added.
Seven of the teenagers were laid to rest on Friday. The other three will be buried on Sunday. The names of the victims were released on Friday: Ella Or from Ma’ale Adumim, Yael Sadan from Jerusalem, Maayan Barhum from Jerusalem, Romi Cohen from Moshav Maor, Tzur Alfi from Mazkeret Batya, Shani Shamir from Shoham, Gali Balali from Givatayim, Agam Levi from Moshav Herut, Adi Ra’anan from Mikhmoret and Ilan Bar Shalom from Rishon LeZion.