Israeli hiker's body found in Yunnan

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Another person to die in Tiger Leaping Gorge? How many has it been this year? Three, maybe more.

Or another group of Israeli backpackers going away from the main track to avoid paying entrance fees?

And if someone falls while overseas, does this mean the Israeli government and your insurance company will send in an emergency response team to find you? Wouldn't that take some time?

"When he fell into the river, his hiking companions called emergency services and an Israeli rescue team was sent into the area, along with Kidron's father, girlfriend and army friends."




Hiker's body found 5 months after cliff fall in China


The body of an Israeli hiker who fell off a cliff in China five months ago has been positively identified, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Omri Kidron, 23, from Hod Hasharon, was reported missing on June 21, after he fell off a cliff and into a river while hiking with several Israelis through the mountains of Yunnan Province.

"It was clear two weeks ago that it was him," Omri's father Eitan Kidron told Haaretz.

"They found the body with his backpack, which had clear identifying marks. DNA tests conducted over the past two weeks proved it beyond doubt."

Kidron's insurance company sent a team to China to take his body to a forensic institute and then to Israel, Kidron said.

"They found him 500 meters from where he had fallen. I was hoping he was still alive. I knew there was no chance, but I still hoped. There is some solace in finding him - it's better than never finding him at all."

Omri Kidron began his trip in Nepal in April, and continued on to southwest China.

When he fell into the river, his hiking companions called emergency services and an Israeli rescue team was sent into the area, along with Kidron's father, girlfriend and army friends. They divided into three different search groups and spent a month looking for him.

"He slipped into a very rough river," his father said.

Kidron served in an elite army unit and was planning to begin a degree in psychology and humanities at Hebrew University in Jerusalem this year.


http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1042705.html
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