Hours of intensive efforts to rescue two hikers stranded by flooding in the Negev ended in success early Thursday morning as they were brought to safety by Border Police, IDF soldiers and volunteers.
However, the two men, both in their twenties from Yerushalayim, were to face stern questioning by police later on Thursday for entering an area where flash flood warnings had been issued. They set out in the afternoon from the area of Mitzpeh Jericho to Wadi Og northwest of the Dead Sea, and ran into trouble at a flooded creek bed.
Police Commander Kobi Cohen said that while he’s pleased that the men were rescued, they behaved irresponsibly. He repeated calls made earlier this week by police to avoid areas where flash floods have been reported, and not to drive on washed-out roads.