A desperate search has been launched after a paddleboarder went missing in the water off Martha's Vineyard - near Barak Obama's estate. The man,
A desperate search has been launched after a paddleboarder went missing in the water off Martha’s Vineyard – near Barak Obama’s estate.
The man, 43, disappeared under the water while out with another paddleboarder – and now emergency services are searching near Edgartown Great Pond to find him.
Witnesses and police say they saw the man go under the water, briefly reappear while struggling to stay afloat, before submerging again around 7.46pm yesterday.
The US Coast Guard, Edgartown Fire, and Dukes County Sheriff’s Department are all part of the rescue mission – which resumed on Monday morning.
Pictured: Edgartown Great Pond. A desperate search has been launched after a paddleboarder went missing in the water off Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday
They are using divers, boats with side-scan sonar in a bid to find the paddleboarder.
Massachusetts State Police said this morning: ‘After several hours of searching last night, efforts to locate the missing paddle boarder were unsuccessful and the operation was paused to allow dive teams, flight crews, and other responders to re-equip and assess next steps.
‘Search assets are currently resuming operations at this time.
‘The search will again include marine assets, such as divers and boat crews deploying side-scan sonar, and aerial support from MSP and USCG helicopter crews.
‘Members of the MSP Underwater Recovery Unit and the Massachusetts Environmental Police are joining the agencies and units listed last night in today’s search operation.’
Edgartown Police said in a statement at 10pm last night: ‘EPD is assisting multiple agencies searching for a missing adult male paddle boarder in Edgartown Great Pond.
‘Please remain away from this area and allow emergency responders to perform their search.’
The rescue mission is just yards away from former President Obama’s Massachusetts seven bedroom home – a 6,892-square-foot mansion right near the water.
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