A paddle boarder went missing on a pond in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, over the weekend, and reports indicate that the 911 call regarding the missing man came from an estate owned by former President Barack Obama.
Just after 7:45 p.m. on Sunday evening, law enforcement received reports of a man who had gone missing while paddleboarding on Edgartown Great Pond, an 890-acre body of water on Martha’s Vineyard. Obama’s $12 million waterfront property on the island, which he purchased in 2019, is located on Edgartown Great Pond, and a 911 call regarding the man reportedly came from the Obamas’ mansion. It is unclear whether the former president, 61, or any member of his family was visiting the residence at the time.
According to reports, the 43-year-old unidentified black male had been paddleboarding that day wearing all black, a hat, and no life jacket. His male companion claimed that the victim went underwater in the area of Turkeyland Cove and briefly resurfaced but struggled to keep himself above water. He then disappeared under the surface around 7:46 p.m., the companion said.
Members of various law enforcement and emergency rescue teams were dispatched to the pond to locate the missing paddle boarder. Crews worked for hours that night, managing to find the man’s hat and paddleboard but not the man himself. They eventually paused their search efforts until the morning.
Sadly, at around 10 a.m. on Monday, divers with the Massachusetts State Police Underwater Recovery Unit located the man’s body using “side-scan sonar from a boat.” The remains were found and recovered about 100 feet from shore in an area of the pond that is approximately eight feet deep, a statement from the Massachusetts State Police said. The statement added that MSP will likely release the man’s name sometime on Monday.
According to the Daily Mail, the area of the pond known as Wilson’s Landing, which had served as a command post during the rescue and recovery, has since been reopened. The Secret Service and the Obama Foundation did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail’s request for comment.
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