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Israeli tourist's body traced by rescue team from Israel

Written by: Staff

Bellary, Mar 24 (UNI) The body of an Israeli tourist was fished out four days after he drowned in river Tungabhadra by an eight-member rescue team from his country after the local authorities failed in their efforts.

Seven tourists from Israel had come to India two months ago on January 19 and after visiting various spots had come to the World Heritage site, Hampi, in this district last Sunday.

On Monday, the tourists went to the waterfalls located behind Virupaksha Temple and one of them, Oron Lautman, decided to take a bath and dived into the waters. When he did not resurface, the others lodged a complaint at the Kamalapur police station.

As the local authorities could not trace Lautman's body, despite pressing into service expert swimmers from the state headquarters and fire service personnel, an Israeli rescue team was summoned.

The Israeli team arrived here this morning and succeeded in recovering the body from the river after searching for about three hours. They found the body lying at a depth of 15 ft stuck between two slabs.

Before the team ventured into the river, water flow was reduced by putting sandbags.

When Lautman's body was later brought to the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences hospital for post mortem, the Israelis objected on religious grounds.

However, following a request from the Israeli Ambassador in India, Forensic Department Head Chandrasekhar performed external post mortem, reporting only the bruises and injuries found on the body.

After performing the formalities in the presence of a Taluk Magistrate, the body was handed over to the Israelis.


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