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Israeli attorney missing after hippo attack in Zambia

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August 17, 2011 | 10:33 am

Hippopotamus. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim

Hippopotamus. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim

An Israeli attorney on vacation with his family in Zambia is missing after a hippopotamus flipped over the boat he was riding in with his children.

Israeli media are reporting that Aviyam Yariv, 39, the son of Israeli editor and model Hilit Yeshurun, was likely attacked by hippos and alligators in the Zambezi River.

Yariv’s two children were able to make it to shore; he reportedly was not wearing a life jacket. 

Yeshurun has arrived in Zambia to help search for her son. The Israeli consul to Nairobi in Kenya, the closest diplomat to the incident, also has arrived to assist in the search, Ynet reported.

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