Former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard goes missing after swimming incident at Venice Beach

  • The WWE alumni has been missing since Sunday evening.
  • He was swimming with his son, when the duo was caught in a strong rip current
Modified 18 May 2020, 21:14 IST

Shad Gaspard
Shad Gaspard

TMZ is reporting that former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard went missing while he was out swimming with his 10-year old son on Venice Beach on Sunday. According to the report, officials are "Desperately searching" for Gaspard, who was caught in a strong rip current, sometime around 4 PM. Gaspard's son, and a bunch of other swimmers were caught as well, with several lifeguards sprinting into the water to pull them out.

Gaspard's son was among the ones who were rescued, but the former has not been located yet. An official affiliated with the L.A. Fire Dept. told the media persons that the former WWE Superstar "did submerge". TMZ has also reported that divers scoured the area where Gaspard was last seen and helicopters were searching the area as well.

One of the witnesses told TMZ that when lifeguards approached the swimmers, Gaspard instructed them to save the life of his son first, which they eventually did. While the rescue was going on, another large wave crashed down on him, after which he disappeared.

The picture that the officials are using during the search
The picture that the officials are using during the search

The picture of Shad posted above is being used by the officials during the search. The photo was taken earlier on Sunday, before the incident took place. Gaspard's wife had accompanied the father-son duo on the beach as well. We'll keep you posted as and when more updates come out.

Published 18 May 2020, 21:14 IST
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