Former WWE superstar Shad Gaspard is missing after visiting a newly reopened California beach, on Sunday, May 17 .
Gaspard, 39, was last seen at Marina Del Rey Beach in Venice Beach, his wife, Siliana Gaspard, said on her Instagram account. “If you’ve seen him please call 911 or Dm family,” she wrote.
The same message appeared on the wrestler’s Instagram. One of the photos showed Gaspard in a swimsuit standing on a beach.
According to TMZ, the American wrestler and his 10-year-old son were among a group of swimmers caught in a strong rip current at about 4 pm, with lifeguards racing into the water to rescue the swimmers.
It’s reported that Gaspard’s son was rescued but the former WWE star is still yet to be located.
An official working with the L.A. Fire Department told that they believe the 39-year-old “did submerge.”
One witness at the scene told the publication that when lifeguards raced into the ocean, Gaspard who was also at the beach with his wife directed rescuers to help his son first, which they did.
During the rescue, another big wave reportedly crashed down on Gaspard and that was the last time he was seen.
The photo above of Shad which officials are using in the search was taken earlier before the Sunday incident.