Gili Kerner, a resident of Ashkelon who drowned in the sea on Eve of Kippur, has passed away South here

Gili Kerner, a resident of Ashkelon who drowned in the sea on Eve of Kippur, has passed away South here
Gili Kerner, a resident of Ashkelon who drowned in the sea on Eve of Kippur, has passed away South here

He drowned yesterday at the separate beach, eyewitnesses said that there were no lifeguards on the beach and the bathers had to break into the lifeguard’s hut to take out a hatchet and save the drowning. His funeral will take place tonight in Ashkelon

Published on: 5.10.22 21:12

By: “Kan Darom” system

Yesterday, on the eve of Yom Kippur, many residents came to the separate beach in Ashkelon to take a dip in preparation for the fast.

However, the stormy sea along with the fact that there were no lifeguards in place to keep the bathers away and warn them led to the fact that several people drowned. In order to rescue them, bathers had to break into the lifeguard’s hut and pull out a shesah from there.

One of the drowned is Gili Kerner, a 53-year-old Ashkelon resident who entered the water with his son and both drowned. “I performed CPR on my father,” said Hanan Kadosh, a medic at Union Rescue, “and then he was taken to the intensive care unit to continue receiving medical treatment at the Barzilai Hospital, where his condition is described as critical. His son was evacuated in a minor condition.”

Rescuing the drowning on the separate beach. Photography: Ronen Shiraz

A heartbreaking scene took place there after the father was pulled from the water and CPR was performed on him and his son who was there nearby was crying. “It was heartbreaking to see it,” he said.

The funeral of the late Gili will take place today at 23:00 at the cemetery in Givat Zion.

Gili, worked at Ben Gurion University and according to the college’s website he was a representative of the technicians and engineers rating in the workers’ council.

He left behind a wife and children.


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