Former WWE star Shad Gaspard disappears after being taken to sea on Venice Beach

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A beautiful sunny day on the recently reopened Venice beach became tragic for a family when a father and son were pulled out with the backwash while swimming late Sunday afternoon.

The 10-year-old boy was rescued, but his father, former WWE star Shad Gaspard 39, is still missing.

DailyMail.com was there while several rescuers were on the scene, as well as divers, rescue boats, paramedics on standby, coast guards flying back and forth, and helicopters hovering over the crowded beach for nearly three hours.

“I saw the inconsolable young boy and his mother who had his arms wrapped around him,” said one spectator. “It was just heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking to see this mother and child in complete despair. “

Former WWE star Shad Gaspard, 39, is missing after being trained at sea while swimming in Venice Beach, California on Sunday afternoon with his son

Former WWE star Shad Gaspard, 39, is missing after being trained at sea while swimming in Venice Beach, California on Sunday afternoon with her son

The boy's mother, Siliana Gaspard, stayed on the beach and was seen looking out at the ocean while the coast guard was searching

The boy’s mother, Siliana Gaspard, stayed on the beach and was seen looking at the ocean while the coast guard was searching

Gaspard's wife published this missing flyer on his and his social media accounts

Gaspard’s wife published this missing flyer on his and his social media accounts

Gaspard was swimming with his 10 year old son who was saved and unharmed

Gaspard was swimming with his 10 year old son who was saved and unharmed

The boy was not injured and then left the beach with an adult friend for about 15 minutes, while his mother Siliana Gaspard stayed on the beach watching the ocean carefully.

“We asked one of our rescuers to rescue a father and a son,” Kenichi Haskett, Los Angeles County fire department rescuers division, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.

“The father was unfortunately hit by a wave as they pulled out of the stream. The rescuer rescued and caught the boy and the son, and also tried to catch the father.

“He ended up being pushed down by a wave and we didn’t find him and we immediately started with our lifeboats, called additional rescuers to find his father’s location. “

“The father was unfortunately hit by a wave as they pulled out of the current. The rescuer rescued and caught the boy and the son and also tried to catch the father.

“The father was unfortunately hit by a wave as they pulled out of the stream. The rescuer rescued and caught the boy and the son and also tried to catch the father.

“We asked one of our rescuers to rescue a father and a son,” Kenichi Haskett, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s lifeguard division, told DailyMail.com.

Several rescuers were on site, as well as divers, rescue boats and paramedics on standby

Several rescuers were on site, as well as divers, rescue boats and paramedics on standby

Haskett encourages people to swim in front of an open lifeguard tower and to always check with the lifeguard about swimming conditions.

“Stay up to your knees, you don’t have to go out and get pounded by the shore. Know your abilities and respect your abilities, ”advises Haskett.

Local resident Lisa Thompson said she was teared the other day when her daughters were in danger while swimming on the same beach.

“Yesterday, my two daughters were arrested by rescuers. It was overwhelming, I was crying. My daughters didn’t even know they were retiring. “

“I’ve been doing this for 33 years, and it’s only the second time this has happened,” a Venice Beach lifeguard told DailyMail.com.

The search was suspended Sunday evening and resumed Monday morning

The search was suspended Sunday evening and resumed Monday morning

At 7 am, the search for the missing father continued with his wife and young son on the spot.

“The mother and the son have stayed on the beach at the same place since yesterday. The neighbors provided them with water, blankets and chairs. And a neighbor who lives directly on the beach a few steps from the incident has opened their doors to them in case they need a bathroom or somewhere to rest, “said Patricia Powell, a local from Venice at DailyMail.com.

To make matters worse, it has been raining since early morning.

The mother and son are sitting in the tent while the rescue mission continues in rainy weather and in rough waters.

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