- Florida State University International Programs was sad to learn of a serious accident that resulted in the death of a student participating in the university’s summer program hosted by the Rabin Center in Jerusalem.
Briana McHam, 20, of Pompano Beach, Fla., died during an excursion to Masada, which is under the authority of Israel’s National Park System. Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, similar to a mesa, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
- International Programs is working closely with local officials to investigate the matter. They have confirmed that after visiting Masada, three students in the program elected to walk down to the bottom of the fortification. Two completed the walk without incident, but McHam was found deceased.
FSU immediately notified her emergency contact and began to assist other students in the program with counseling services.
- “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students, who was at the beginning of a life of discovery broadening her horizons,” said Dr. James Pitts, director of International Programs. “Our hearts go out to her family, and we will assist them in any way we can, as well as other FSU students who might be affected during this difficult time.”
- The university will provide more information on this website as it becomes available.