A delegation of 8 ZAKA International Rescue Unit volunteers from Israel arrived in France Monday (March 30) to assist in the search and recovery mission at the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.
The ZAKA volunteers from Israel, together with colleagues from ZAKA France, will offer their extensive experience and expertise in international search and recovery missions to the local search teams.
In particular, the ZAKA volunteers are working to recover, identify and bring the remains of Eyal Baum obm, an Israeli citizen, killed in the crash, to a full Jewish burial in Israel.
Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, agreed to the request of the Baum family to bring a ZAKA delegation from Israel to assist in the recovery operation. ZAKA volunteers had been on standby to fly out to the crash scene since offering their assistance last week.
On arrival in the Alps, the ZAKA team from Israel and France, were flown by helicopter into the crash site, where they immediately set up a ZAKA command center and began working, in cooperation with the local and international recovery teams.
“Our mission is to ensure a full Jewish burial for Eyal Baum, and to assist the international teams in the search and recovery efforts,” said ZAKA delegation head Mati Goldstein. “It is difficult terrain to cover, but we are prepared to work for as long as it takes.”