Guma Aguiar, a Brazilian-born philanthropist who has donated millions of the fortune he amassed in the oil and gas industry to Israeli and Jewish causes, is missing after his motorboat washed ashore in Fort Launder, Florida, on Wednesday.
Aguiar, who in 2009 became the main sponsor of the Premier League soccer team Beitar Jerusalem, is also a major benefactor of Nefesh B'Nefesh, as well as a number of Torah institutions and yeshivas.
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The Coast Guard said that according to reports, Aguiar took his boat out at 7 pm on Tuesday. He is reported to be competent boatsman, and his disappearance has puzzled acquaintances.
According to the Sun-Sentinel news site, his boat – a 31-footer named the T.T. Zion - was discovered upside-down on the beach with its motor still running.
The US Coast Guard and marine police units were searching for Aguiar.