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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Video: When the sign says it's a minefield, it's a minefield

This happened in Israel on Wednesday. We still have lots of minefields in and around the Golan Heights - the Syrians left them to us after the 1967 Six-Day War.

A 24-year old Arab and his buddies decided to have a picnic in a minefield. The Arab stepped on a mine and his foot was blown off. He had to be rescued by a chopper, but that wasn't the end of his bad luck. He fell from the helicopter, was critically wounded and eventually died.

This happened near Beth Shean, Northern Israel on March 11, 2009.

Let's go to the videotape.


At 3:05 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Some people are Darwin Award candidates. When it says "Danger," you stay out of it.


At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why wasn't he harnessed in a stretcher?

The only reasonable answer I can think of is that the rescuers needed to extract him without themselves touching the ground for fear of stepping on mines.

If that's the case, they must have had a hell of a time trying to harness the injured guy up while the rescuers remained dangling off-ground from their cable.

Still, this is a scenario these rescuers should have trained for.

Anyway, I'm just speculating.

At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the clip again, I see that they did land on the ground.

Scratch my speculations.


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