According to the Information and Research Center of the Knesset, the number of drownings in Israel at this point in the 2023 beach season is getting close to the amount for the entire previous year.
Between March 29 and July 10, a total of 21 people passed away, as opposed to 26 during the full bathing season the previous year.
The current season runs through October 14. The research was to be delivered on Sunday at a committee meeting with MPs looking at methods to decrease the number of fatalities, according to MK Ya’akov Asher (United Torah Judaism), head of the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, who commissioned the report.
The research shows a tendency that the number of deaths we are presently confronting is getting close to the total number of deaths from last year. This calls for making decisions and moving forward right away,” Asher added.
The majority of the fatalities occurred at unapproved beaches or when there was no lifeguard on duty.
The report states that only 156 beaches in Israel—or 7% of all beaches—allow swimming. Asher remarked, “We can save human lives by promoting and expanding the number of recognized beaches. The revelation comes at a time when there is a severe heat wave that has many people looking for water to cool off.
The Jordan Valley and southern Israel had the highest temperatures, which ranged from 38° to 43°C (100° to 109°F).
The heat wave, which is present across much of Europe, the Balkans, and the eastern Mediterranean, is anticipated to last the entire week.