The search in Vermont for a missing Yeshiva Boy has ended without incident.
15-year-old Shmuel Rabinowitz was spotted in the Killington Vermont forest by a local hiker who had seen a Chaveirim flyer with his photo and information. He is B”H healthy and in good condition. As of 6:00PM, he was approximately 19 miles away from the command center, and rescue personnel were making their way to him. At around 7:00PM he was being escorted by Chaverim members, and around 8:00PM was back with his family.
The crowd of volunteers broke into singing and dancing upon his arrival (see video below).
Rabinowitz is from Montreal, and was a camper in the Pioneers Camp in Vermont. The last contact with him was at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
A massive deployment from Chaverim of Rockland just took place, with more than 20 volunteers left Monsey on Thursday morning. They were heavily equipped with all types of search and rescue equipment including state of the art command center, with high-end radio communications.
Flatbush Hatzolah dispatched a vehicle with 4 volunteers, loaded with equipment. Chaveirm of Montreal Tosh went, Lakewood Chaverim dispatched 20 volunteers with equipment and ATV’s, Bikur Cholim of Lakewood sent volunteers as well as Montreal Hatzolah. COMMSAR from NY deployed with a crew of search personnel and a command center.
The Vermont State Police released the following information earlier this morning:
Shamuel is described as standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with blue eyes and dirty blond hair. He was last seen wearing a lime green shirt, tan pants, a black baseball cap and a blue backpack.
Search crews have been working along hiking trails and any corridors near the last point of contact. Agencies involved in the search effort include the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team, Killington Search and Rescue, New England K-9 Search and Rescue, Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, U.S. Forest Service, Green Mountain Club, and the Vermont National Guard.
Anyone with information about Shamuel’s whereabouts or who may have seen an individual matching his description is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks at 802-773-9101.
Michoel Nagel, Director of the Pioneers Camp in Vermont has released a statement about a camper who has gone missing.
I want to let everyone know that our foremost responsibility is every campers physical and spiritual safety and well being. I am writing this letter to inform everyone that one of our teenage campers was separated from the group on an overnight hike about an hour away from camp. I want everyone to know that part of preparing for any activity involves emergency preparation and training which this group participated in before starting this overnight hike.
As soon as the report came in that a camper had gotten separated from the group the authorities were notified. A full-blown search and rescue operation is underway led by the Vermont State police and in coordination with many local first-responder agencies. Chaverim branches in New York have also been mobilized to help out.
I’ve been in direct contact with the lieutenant leading the rescue operation and he is very confident that the camper will be found. We want to reassure you at this time that all the other campers are safe. We ask the entire pioneers family to daven for Shmuel ben Chasha. At this time our entire camp staff is busy maintaining the camp program. We will keep you apprised of the situation going forward.
Killington is a town in the Green Mountains of central Vermont, around 4 hours from Monsey, NY. It’s known for the Killington and Pico Mountain downhill ski resorts. The area’s many hiking paths include the Thundering Falls Trail, which leads to a tumbling cascade. The long-distance Appalachian and Long trails both cut through the town. West of Killington, old-growth hardwood trees, including sugar maples and beeches, fill Gifford Woods State Park.
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