Former WWE Wrestler Shad Gaspard Missing After Beach Swim

Shad Gaspard, a professional wrestler who performed with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), has gone missing after swimming off the coast of Venice Beach on Sunday afternoon.

Per TMZ on Monday, the athlete and his 10-year-old son were among a group of swimmers who were caught in a strong rip current around 4 p.m.

Gaspard’s son was rescued and was reportedly not hospitalized.

“That group was stuck in one of the rip currents and were swimming just north of the lifeguard tower,” Pono Barnes, an ocean lifeguard specialist with the Los Angeles Fire Department, told ABC7 on Monday.

Barnes also made note of the challenging weather conditions that beachgoers faced that day.

“That surf that we have paired with a little bit of wind and good tidal swing today made rip currents a little bit more prevalent and a little bit stronger,” he added.

Sadly, Barnes believes Gaspard did “submerge” in the incident.

Early Sunday evening, rescuers in Los Angeles County lifeguard boats, as well as divers, performed searches in the water. Lifeguards also did land-based patrols throughout the area.

ABC7 reports that authorities resumed their search on Monday.

That day, Gaspard’s Instagram Story shared a post urging the public to contact 911 or Gaspard’s family if they have any information about his whereabouts.

Contact 911 or Gaspard's family if you have any information

Gaspard and his tag team partner JTG wrestled with the WWE from 2006 through 2007, and again in 2008 to 2010, as duo Cryme Tyme.

Gaspard and wife Siliana welcomed their son in April 2010.


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