9/01/08 3:12PM EST: [UPDATES IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Credible sources tell YWN that the missing body of 39-year-old Naftoli Smolyansky Z”L, who went missing while on a boating trip in Lake Piru, California has just been found.
Naftoli was in a boat on the lake with his 9-year-old son and his two daughters, ages 5 and 7 last Monday afternoon, when his youngest daughter fell overboard. He jumped in to save her, and managed to push his daughter back into the boat, but he R”L went under and did not resurface.
Hundreds of people joined the massive search by air, land, and on the lake – and a few moments ago was B”H found.
The Levaya details will be posted as soon as they are made available to us.
Sources told YWN that approximately 5:00AM on Monday morning, a group of 10 Rabbonim gathered on a boat on the lake, and performed a Segula in the hope of finding the body of Naftali Z”L. Apparently, a flat bread was baked in his Zechus, and the bread was set afloat on the lake with a lit candle on it.
Certain Tehillim and other Tefillos were then said until the bread stopped moving. At that precise location a stone was dropped into the water, and shortly later the body rose to the surface!
UPDATE 10:30PM EST: The Levaya is scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning at 11:00AM in the Moshe Ganz Hall – 365 North La Brea Avenue. The Kevura will be at Mt. Carmel. (Click on image to ENLARGE)
NOTE (PHOTOS): Click HERE for exclusive photos of the amazing Kiddush Hashem at the search – including 30 photos taken from a search helicopter by Queens Hatzolah members joining the search. Original articles of this tragic story can be found by clicking HERE and HERE.
(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN / YW-32)