As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2GeUqWr), Rabbi Bauman went missing on Jully 9th after jumping into rough waters to rescue a day camper who was struggling in the ocean.
Rabbi Bauman was a rebbe and secular studies teacher at Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Norfolk and the author of Yanky’s Amazing Discovery, a children’s book about young yeshiva student who has trouble concentrating in class.
Rabbi Bauman’s body was found by members of Misaskim Baltimore in the waters just north of the North Carolina coastline at approximately 1:40 PM this afternoon, approximately six miles south of the location where he went missing. Aryeh Leib Freedman of Misaskim Baltimore said that search crews were directed to the area by the Coast Guard based on tides and winds in the region.
After spotting Rabbi Bauman’s body in the water, they notified the search team command center of their location. Virginia Beach fire and police departments were called to the site, the Misaskim team accompanying the official boats back carrying Rabbi Bauman’s body back to shore.
WAVY (http://bit.ly/2lm3u4k) reported that Rabbi Alexander Haber positively identified Rabbi Bauman. The Virginia Beach Medical Examiner will also be making a positive identification of the body.
Two funerals are expected to be held for Rabbi Bauman, one in Norfolk and the other at King Solomon Cemetery in Clifton, New Jersey.
Volunteers from Misaskim Baltimore, Chaverim of Rockland County, Achiezer and Shomrim of Baltimore have spent days searching for Rabbi Bauman.
Teams from Chai Lifeline’s Project Chai crisis intervention division traveled to Norfolk last week to offer support to members of the local community, with a July 18th community-wide conference call on the situation drawing over 1,000 callers.
“The volunteers have been working long, hard, tiring days, spending their own time, money and effort and leaving their families behind,” Freedman told VIN News. “Even when they were completely exhausted, they refused to give up. They kept saying ‘we have to keep on trying.’”
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