(Yeshiva World News and combined sources) As of Wednesday midday, YWN sources on the ground reported there are U.S. Coast Guard cutters in the water continuing the search for Rabbi Reuven Bauman. Rabbi Reuven Tzvi ben Esther Baila Bauman went missing in the waters at a Virginia beach on Tuesday. Rabbi Reuven Bauman is one of 12 children of Rabbi Mark and Esther Bauman of Teaneck. Rabbi Mark Bauman is a middle school rebbe at RYNJ. Congregation Beth Aaron was planning to host a Tehillim reading in the merit of his safe recovery on Wednesday evening.
Rabbi Reuven Bauman, 35, was at the beach at False Cape State Park 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. He is a rebbe at Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Norfolk, Virginia.
Local police are continuing their search with police boats currently in the water, and a chopper is scanning the shorelines. Misaskim and Shomrim from Baltimore were en route Wednesday, making their way to Virginia along with a boat to assist in searching the water. Emergency personnel from various organizations in the New York area were already on the scene, and others are in the process of deploying.
The Achiezer Organization is working with the Coast Guard and coordinating the search efforts. An aircraft from Hatzolah Air, along with specially trained search-and-rescue personnel, have arrived and are currently overhead scanning the waters and shorelines. Rockland Chaveirim are in the process of deploying a specialized team with sonar—used for searching underwater.