A 14-year-old Israeli boy, seriously injured in a boating accident in Jordan; parents hurt too

A 14-year-old Israeli boy was seriously injured when a speedboat hit him and his parents while on vacation in the Jordanian resort of Aqaba on Saturday.

The boy’s mother, 46, was seriously injured in the accident. while his father, 53, was slightly injured.

Channel 13 identified the injured teenager as Firas Rinawi and his mother as Ibtisam Rinawi.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the injured Israelis had been transferred to Israel.

The family, from Reineh, an Arab town in northern Israel, were airlifted for treatment at Sheba Medical Center on flights arranged by their travel insurance company.

Another young Israeli, who is not a family member, was also lightly injured in the incident.

The slightly injured boy’s father, Jihad, told Channel 12 the two families were staying at the Intercontinental Aqaba Hotel.

He said the other family and his own son were riding on a waterbed towed behind a speedboat. They passed a few tens of meters from the shore, then turned around to return.

The mattress apparently continued on a different course and “then the boat hit them,” Jihad said.

He said the boat that collided was not large, with only four or five people on it, “but it was very fast”.

Ronit Segal, CEO of travel insurance group PassportCard, which took care of the injured Israelis, told the station it was a “serious accident with serious injuries”.

“We managed to help and quickly and closely supervise the return of the Israelis by dispatching a medical team and two ambulance planes,” she said.

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