American tourist, 20, dies in fall at Masada


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 20-year-old American tourist died after falling during a hike on Masada in southern Israel.

The woman fell some 26 feet off the historic mountain’s Snake Path on Tuesday afternoon while traveling with an unnamed organized group, according to reports. It took more than an hour to rescue her from a steep cliff.

In temperatures of at least 104 degrees, the woman was dehydrated, suffering from heat stroke and not breathing when she was recovered, Israeli news outlets reported, citing Magen David Adom paramedics.

Paramedics were unable to resuscitate the woman and she was declared dead at the scene.

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