ZAKA Divers Unit
A highly qualified team, the ZAKA Divers Unit is equipped with various levels of diving equipment for immediate response in the search for people missing at sea or those in distress and deployed fromHaifain the North to Eilat in the south. The ZAKA Divers Unit comprises hundreds of professional (and mostly secular) divers, men and women, including ex Navy commandos, doctors, lawyers and business people who regularly train together.
The idea for establishing the Divers Unit was borne out of a real need identified by the ZAKA Rescue Unit commanders. It was during the search for the late Moshe Caniel, who drowned off the coast of Tel Aviv in 2005, that hundreds of volunteers combed the coastline while helicopters hovered above – only to realize that they were unable to reach the depths of the sea due to lack of the appropriately qualified personnel. ZAKA, quick to learn from this incident, established a Divers Unit in the name of Caniel, 30 days after his body was recovered.