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Israeli man died of seizure while diving in Sinai, lifeguards didn’t know about CPR — husband

Orit Peled, an Israeli who drowned while vacationing with her husband in the Sinai Peninsula over the weekend, suffered an epileptic seizure while diving, and local rescuers did not have a knowledge enough CPR to save her life, according to her husband.

Peled, 49, died while staying with her husband at a resort in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, located at the southern tip of the Egyptian peninsula, a popular tourist destination for Israelis.

Her husband, Itzik, told Channel 13 that Orit was an experienced diver who traveled to Sinai two or three times a year to dive.

“She said there was no place like it in the world,” he said, adding that she was an “incredible person.”

He says that while Orit suffered from epilepsy, “she was always accompanied by a guide who held her hand. She was taking medication and didn’t have seizures all the time.

On Friday, the couple went to a familiar beach in Orit, where they wanted to snorkel.

“I was scared, but she wanted it,” he says. “She took me with her and I dove. After 30 minutes I went to the dock and she continued. I suddenly saw that something was wrong. I called a lifeguard and told him to get in the water, but they didn’t know how to do CPR. They had no equipment. There was a tourist who gave him CPR, but it didn’t help.

Betty K. Park