Israel searches for 3 people missing on the Sea of Galilee
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Israel searches for 3 people missing on the Sea of Galilee

Israeli forces searching the scene where three young men went missing at the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, April 13, 2017. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

(JTA) — Israeli authorities ramped up efforts to find three people who went missing while rafting on the Sea of Galilee.

Itamar Ohana, 19, Nahman Itah, 21, and an unnamed 17-year-old went missing Wednesday in three separate incidents, The Times of Israel reported. Additional personnel and volunteers joined the search Thursday that Israeli authorities had launched a day earlier.

Some 80 people were rescued from the lake this week amid heavy winds.

Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the Sea of Galilee is popular with Israeli vacationers during this week’s Passover holiday, and authorities warned bathers about venturing from shore in inflatable dinghies.

“We call on the vacationing public on the shores of the Kinneret to listen to the instructions of the life-guard service and to refrain from entering the water on beaches that don’t have lifeguards,” the Israeli lifeguard service said in a statement, using the Hebrew name for the Sea of Galilee.