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Still Searching for Lieutenant Naveh

In May of 1962, Yakir Naveh, a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces, crash landed his plane in the Sea of Galilee during a training mission. He was 23 at the time and newly married.

His remains have never been found, so one special unit continues the search.

Nearly 54 years after Lt. Yakir Naveh’s Fouga Magister crashed into the Sea of Galilee, Israeli Navy divers continue to find fragments of the plane — but Naveh’s body remains missing.

Lt. Naveh is one of 179 Israel Defense Forces soldiers whose burial place is unknown. But one unit is hoping to change that.

Since 2000, a team of soldiers and civilians have been coming out to the Sea of Galilee almost once a year with maps and diving gear to search for Naveh’s remains.

“They sent him on a mission from which he never returned. Now we’re doing all we can to bring him back,” Maj. Matan Bar told The Times of Israel, looking out from the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.

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