Divers have found the body of a paddleboarder who went missing in the water off Martha’s Vineyard, which is based on Barack Obama’s $12 million estate.
The 43-year-old disappeared Sunday evening while out with another paddleboarder on Edgartown Great Pond, Massachusetts, and emergency crews were dispatched to the Obama residence.
Witnesses told police the man went under the water and then briefly resurfaced as he struggled to stay afloat, before submerging again at around 7.46pm.
The massive joint agency search resumed Monday morning to find the African-American man who was last seen dressed in black without a life jacket. MV Times reported
His paddle board and hat were recovered Sunday, and his body was found in eight-foot-deep water about 100 feet from shore at 10 a.m. Monday.
The shipping address of the incident is from Martha Obama’s Oceanfront Vineyard Home. It is unclear whether the 61-year-old former president is currently staying at the estate.
Search vehicles are seen on Turkeyland Cove Road Sunday night. A joint agency search began last night at Edgartown Great Pond and continued this morning
Emergency services were dispatched to the scene in Martha’s Vineyard last night. The 911 call and dispatch address for the incident are understood to have come from Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard home. It is not clear if he is currently staying at the estate
Pictured: Edgartown Great Pond. A desperate search has been launched after a paddleboarder went missing in the water off Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday.
The rescue mission is just yards from former President Obama’s seven-bedroom home in Massachusetts — a 6,892-square-foot mansion near the water (pictured)
Massachusetts State Police said: “Shortly before 10 a.m., Massachusetts State Police divers recovered the body of the missing paddleboarder from Edgartown Great Pond.
“Divers from the MSP’s Underwater Recovery Unit made the recovery after the victim’s body was located by Massachusetts Environmental Police officers deploying side-scan sonar from a boat.
“As previously noted, the victim is a 43-year-old male. His name is not being released at this time; we expect to release his name later today.
“The recovery was made about 100 feet offshore at a depth of about eight feet.
“The death investigation is being conducted by the Cape and Islands District State Police Detective Unit and Edgartown Police.”
The United States Coast Guard, Edgartown Fire, Air Wing, detectives and the Dukes County Sheriff’s Department were part of the rescue mission.
They were using divers and side-scanning sonar boats to find the paddleboarder. Detectives were on the scene, as were USCG helicopters.
Environmental police located the body using sonar from a boat, according to state police.
A command post was established at Wilson’s Landing, which is across the narrow cove from the Obama mansion.
Shortly after noon, the Edgartown Police Department just confirmed that Wilson’s Landing had reopened. Edgartown Great Pond is an 890 acre body of water.
The man’s death is being investigated by state police with the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office and Edgartown police.
A Sunday night dispatch call said, “Edgartown Fire and Water Rescue personnel, Turkeyland Cove Road.” For a 40-year-old man, possible drowning.’
View of the Obama House from Turkeyland Cove
The search for the missing paddleboarder is happening near Barack Obama’s estate. The former president bought the mansion, pictured here, in 2019
A helicopter, part of the search mission, is seen flying over the area on Monday morning
Edgartown Police said in a statement at 10pm last night: “EPD is assisting multiple agencies in the search for a missing adult male at Edgartown Great Pond.
“Please stay clear of this area and allow emergency responders to conduct their search.”
The rescue mission is just yards from former President Obama’s seven-bedroom home in Massachusetts — a 6,892-square-foot mansion near the water.
He bought the Martha’s Vineyard house in 2019 for $11.75 million.
The huge estate was previously owned by Boston Celtics owner Wycliffe Grousbeck.
Outside, the grounds include their own private beach and boat shed
Their home sits on the edge of the Edgartown Great Pond, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
The former first family are no strangers to the island, having spent seven summers there while Barack was president
The huge property has a pool, outdoor fire pit and vaulted ceilings.
There are also two wings leading off the main house, perfect for hosting guests.
Outside, the grounds include their own private beach and boat shed.
Their home sits on the edge of the Edgartown Great Pond, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The former first family is no stranger to the island, having spent seven summers there while Barack was president.
Obama is also a fan of paddleboarding, and has been photographed participating in the sport over the years while vacationing in Hawaii.
The Obama Foundation has been contacted by DailyMail.com for comment.
The Secret Service had no comment.