The search for Shad Gaspard has been suspended by the United States Coast Guard.
The 39-year-old and his 10-year-old son Aryeh were among a group of swimmers at a beach in Los Angeles caught up in a strong rip current that prompted lifeguards rushing to pull everyone out of the water.
According to reports, when they rescuers had gotten to Shad, he had told them to save his son first. When they had returned for him, he was nowhere to be seen.
In a statement to E! News, the Coast Guard confirmed that they have suspended their search for the former WWE star. They said:
I can’t speak to L.A. County search efforts, because from what I know they are still searching. That does not mean the case is closed, it means that we suspended the search, but if an aircraft or boater sees something we will respond. We were searching for approximately 16.5 hours.
We conducted 7 search patterns covering 60 nautical square miles, utilizing Coast Guard assets such as a Coast Guard helicopter, a patrol boat, and a 45-foot response boat, there are all different units from various stations.”
Shad’s wife, Siliana Gaspard, had written on Instagram yesterday, Tuesday, May 19, 2020:
We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad. Shad is a fighter, a warrior, and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family, we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad.”
Shad Gaspard is a wrestler and actor best known for his time with WWE, where he teamed up his partner JTG as a member of Cryme Tyme under his real name.
After his departure from WWE, Shad has pursued an acting career and has featured in movies and TV series like Think Like A Man Too, Get Hard, The Game, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.
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