With a heavy heart, YWN regrets to report that the body of HaRav Dovid Hakohen Traube, a”h, who went missing on Sunday afternoon in Greenwood Lake, has been found. He was 38.
He was located at around 10:30AM Monday morning by NY State Police divers who were using high-end sonar used to locate drowning victims.
He was positively identified by authorities. The family was notified moments ago of the sad news.
Once again, a tragic story united Klal Yisroel, as Jews around the globe Davened, gave Tzedakah, and learned – first for a miracle of finding him alive, and then for the miracle of locating his body quickly so he can be brought to proper Kevuras Yisroel.
Reb Dovid – who is originally from Cleveland – was a Talmid Chochom, and a Rosh Kollel of a Chushuva group of Yungerleit that is located in Bais Medrash Elyon in Monsey.
Levaya details will be published when they become available to us.
As YWN had reported earlier, Search crews had gathered at the lake at around 6:00AM on Monday morning, to relaunch their joint efforts in locating Reb Dovid.
Reb Dovid along with his wife and some of his children were on the lake boating on Sunday. The children were all wearing life vests, and were floating in the center of lake enjoying the weather and cool water. One of the children began to float away, and Reb Dovid – who was reportedly a good swimmer – jumped in and pushed his child back to the boat. As his child was placed back in the boat, he began to struggle and suddenly began to drown.
A major search was launched immediately (on Sunday evening), but needed to be cancelled to do bad weather on Sunday night.
On Monday morning, the Greenwood Lake Fire Dept had multiple boats on the water, and the NY State Police deployed with high-end sonar equipment. Hatzalah of Kiryas Joel has a command post set up, and Moses Witriol, Director of Kiryas Joel Public Safety coordinated with the local authorities.
Yossi Margareten of Chaveirm of Rockland worked tirelessly since the search began, and had 3 boats on the lake this morning. Chaverim also has two drones that scanned the entire shoreline of the lake all morning.
Kiryas Joel Chaverim had a boat on the water as well as a boat from Kiryas Joel Hatzolah.
Boruch Dayan Ha’Emmes.