A body discovered by rescue divers off Ashkelon's coast has been identified as Suliman Sariye, 19, one of the three brothers who were swept off to sea by a powerful current and presumed drowned on Thursday.
Police helicopters, divers and volunteers on jet skis and speedboats continued to search for his brothers, Nahed (26) and Ateff (16).
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At approximately 5 pm Thursday, the three brothers were swept away while swimming during a family outing at Ashkelon's Delilah Beach, while ignoring instructions that forbade swimming in the area.
Eyewitnesses said Ateff and his cousin were the first to enter the water, and when they showed signs of distress the two other brothers tried to rescue them, but were swept away along with Ateff.
Their father said Thursday, "I hope at least one of them comes out alive."
The Sariye family resides near the Bedouin town of Kseife in south Israel. The three brothers all worked at an Of Tov factory in the Eshkol Regional Council.
Chief Superintendent Haim Bublil of the Ashkelon police station said the public should be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty.
"The weather is expected to be nice this weekend, but we recommend that people refrain from entering the sea. It may appear inviting and calm, but there are whirlpools and other dangers, and there are no rescue services."
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