Israeli climber who saved Turk's life awarded
Photo by Mark NeymanIsrael’s Nadav Ben-Yehuda, who had saved a Turkish climber's life when they crossed paths at the peak of Mount Everest, recently received an award for his actions, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Ben-Yehuda carried Turkish climber Aydın Irmak on his back to safety for eight hours, abandoning his own quest to reach the top of Everest. Both men had severe cases of frostbite, and two of Ben-Yehuda's fingers are yet to fully recover.
Israeli President Shimon Peres praised Ben-Yehuda, saying he was now at "the peak of humanity" despite giving up on his dream of reaching the peak of Everest.
Other recipients of the awards included army officials, intelligence service members, scholars and members of humanitarian foundations.