Police find body believed to be US rabbi who jumped in ocean to save student
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Police find body believed to be US rabbi who jumped in ocean to save student

Reuven Bauman ‘acted heroically’ when he plunged into choppy Virginia waters after youngster struggled to return to shore in area where swimming is prohibited

False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach, Va., September 2005. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikipedia)
False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach, Va., September 2005. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikipedia)

Virginian state officials said they have found a body believed to be a missing rabbi who jumped into the ocean to save a student, local media reported Sunday.

Virginia Beach Police said that the body, found in the False Cape State Park on Sunday, was being examined by the Medical Examiners’ Office to determine if it is Rabbi Reven Bauman, who has been missing since last Tuesday, WKTR TV reported.

Bauman, 35, a teacher at Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Norfolk, Virginia, is said to have swum out to rescue a 13-year old student who was struggling to return to shore.

On Wednesday the US Coast Guard called off the search for Bauman after an earlier calculation that he may have survived. “It’s always a hard decision, and it’s not one we make lightly,” Coast Guard Lt. Steve Arguelles told the Virginian Pilot.

Arguelles added that the 13-year-old student, who was at False Cape with about 20 others from a local yeshiva, was safe after the rabbi “acted heroically.”

A community representative said Bauman was a father of five.

The water on Tuesday was reported to be choppy with rip currents, and lifeguards in the area had raised a red flag, which means that swimming is prohibited, local channel ABC 13 news reported. Swimming is prohibited in that area of the state park as well.

JTA contributed to this report.

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