JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli personal trainer drowned in an attempt to save the life of a stranger who fought in the water at an Ashdod beach.
On Sunday, Yohai Elkayam and a friend walked along Citadel Beach when they heard a woman calling for help and he jumped to save her, Israel's Channel 10 reported.
"He did not think twice, a friend of his asked him if he knew how to swim and they just jumped in", his friend Yaniv Rojevsky told the Israeli way out. "They managed to get to the girl and save her, and the friend was lucky enough to sit down or stand on a sand hill, but Yochai was swept into a vortex."
Elkayam, 30, was planning to introduce his girlfriend. His parents received the news about the death of their son during a holiday in Europe and immediately flew back for the funeral.
"I do not understand why his judgment led him to do so," Rojevsky said. "I assume that the desire to save someone was stronger than the judgment – the desire to help and push, he was a strong man who knew how to lead life."
This is Yohai Elkayam, a 28-year-old Israeli hero. Yesterday he saw a young woman whom he did not even know – drowning in the sea. He saved her but paid for his life. Rest in peace, Yohai. pic.twitter.com/0OnCmKXoQd
– Dani Dayan (@AmbDaniDayan) August 20, 2018