The following are the latest YWN updates on Friday morning (11:30AM) from the ongoing search in Virginia for Rabbi Reuven Bauman.
The Virginia Beach Police and Virginia Beach Fire Department are both using their Marine Units again on Friday and searching the waters. There are several areas that they will be focusing on. Police had five boats overnight searching, and have five boats again on Friday.
Numerous volunteers from the local community are going to be assisting until Shabbos, and if Chas Vesholom the body of Rabbi Bauman is not located before Shabbos, the Achiezer Organization along with local community activists have arranged for a few non-Jewish boat captains to patrol and scan the waters over Shabbos.
Highly credible sources tell YWN that local police are so inspired by the flood of personnel from out of the area to come and help, that it has kept them continuing their search — despite it being three days since Rabbi Bauman went missing.
Local resident rented special bikes that have fat tires designed to ride on the beach, and are riding the shorelines searching until Shabbos.
Additionally, YWN has learned that multiple K-9 dogs which specialize in locating bodies who were in saltwater are being brought it to assist.
It should be noted that among the volunteers and organizations assisting Achiezer in a major way has been Yossi Margareten, coordinator of Rockland Chaveirim.
As YWN has been reporting, Rabbi Bauman, 35-years-old, was at the beach at False Cape State Park on Tuesday with around 20 campers from a local day camp when a 13-year-old student was caught in a sudden rip current. Rabbi Bauman immediately entered the water to save the boy who was able to make it out of the water. Unfortunately, Rabbi Bauman was swept out to sea and has not been seen since.
Rabbi Reuven Bauman is a Rebbi at Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Norfolk Virginia.
Emergency personnel from various organizations in the new York area are on the scene, and others are in the process of deploying.
On Tuesday, the Achiezer Organization, Hatzolah Air and other organizations were on the scene searching, including Misaskim of Maryland, Shomrim of Baltimore, and others.
YWN will continuing to bring our readers the latest and most accurate information as we have been since we broke the tragic news three days ago.
A Charidy campaign has been set up for the family.
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