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Shad Gaspard’s family tweeted their thanks to people for “all the love, support and concern through this horrible ordeal” after the former WWE star disappeared after being pulled into the sea.
Gaspard disappeared after he and his son were caught in a current when they were swimming on the recently opened beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon.
The wrestler is said to have told the rescuers to first rescue his 10-year-old son, who was removed from the water in good condition and did not require hospitalization.
But rescuers were unable to rescue his father, former WWE star Shad Gaspard, 39, who was caught in the reverse current and declared missing.
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
Gaspard’s wife published this missing flyer on his and his social media accounts, asking the public to help him find his husband.
Shad Gaspard’s wife Siliana Gaspard was seen leaving Venice Beach comforted by close friends after a tragic incident on Sunday
Friends of Gaspard issued a statement on behalf of the family thanking the public for their support. Former wrestling colleague Matt Morgan has been on Twitter to share photos of himself and his friend over the years (photo)
Friends released a statement on behalf of the family Monday evening to thank the public for their support.
” [Shad’s] the family appreciates all the love, support and concern through this horrible ordeal. For the moment, they are not ready to make public or official statements to any media and to ask everyone to respect their wishes, “tweeted wrestler Kofi Kingston.
Wrestler Montel Vontavious Porter and other close friends of the Gaspard tweeted the same message.
Retired professional wrestler and now Mayor of Florida, Matt Morgan, also went on Twitter on Tuesday to share photos of him and his friend over the years.
“Never has the meaning of” brother “meant so much to me as to # ShadGaspard. I will never forget the day Shad posted these photos of us at the start of 20 years, and illustrating our way through life’s achievements and in fatherhood side by side 4 20 years! I love you brother, “he tweeted.
DailyMail.com was there while several rescuers were on site Sunday, as well as divers, rescue boats, paramedics on standby, coastguards 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. “
Gaspard’s wife Siliana Gaspard was seen on the beach on Monday afternoon being comforted by close friends as the search for her husband continued.
The boy’s mother, Siliana Gaspard, remained on the beach Sunday evening and was seen watching the ocean while the coast guard was searching
People Can Find Consolation On The Beach As Shad Gaspard’s Search Continues
Siliana was seen flanked by close friends as they left Venice Beach while divers continued their search for Shad Gaspard
A tent was set up by the Los Angeles County Fire Department in search of Shad Gaspard
We can still hear helicopters hovering over the beach and many locals wonder why the beach was not closed if the rip currents were so strong
Gaspard is best known as a member of the Cryme Tyme wrestling team with fellow WWE JTG star
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. “
Gaspard is best known as a member of the Cryme Tyme wrestling team with fellow WWE star JTG.
Since leaving wrestling in 2010, Gaspard has pursued an acting career with several films including Think Like A Man Too.
He married his wife Siliana Gaspard in 2009 and they share a son together.
The mother and a few friends left the beach around 12:30 p.m. The aid station was also closed at the same time.
Before leaving, Siliana was seen sitting on the beach with friends and possible family members who comforted her and rubbed her back.
Their son had left about 30 minutes earlier with an adult and another young boy. Authorities have not confirmed whether the body was found or not.
We can still hear helicopters hovering over the beach and many locals wonder why the beach was not closed if the rip currents were so strong.
“There were unusually strong breaking currents the day before. Two girls were removed because of the riptide. I don’t know why the swimmers weren’t notified, “Daisy Godfrey told DailyMail.com. “The rescuers were there immediately, but the helicopter took almost an hour to get there. “If you are feeling a strong pull, now is the time to get out of the water. But many swimmers may not think about the attraction, especially if they don’t go to the beach a lot.
Gaspard was swimming with his 10-year-old son when he was retired at sea. His son was saved and unharmed
“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.
“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.
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
Local resident said she was watery the other day when her daughters were in danger while swimming on the same beach
Gaspard married his wife Siliana Gaspard in 2009 and they share a son together. Gaspard had launched an acting career since leaving the wrestling world in 2010
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.
Mother and son seen sitting in tent as rescue mission continues in rainy and rough waters Monday morning
From 7 a.m., the search for the missing father continued with his wife and young son on the spot
The search was suspended Sunday evening and resumed Monday morning
To make the search more difficult, it’s been raining since early 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 for 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.