Items featuring U.S. President Barack Obama’s name are shown for sale at the Soft As A Grape store August 6, 2009 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
OAN’s Noah Herring
2:44 PM – Monday, July 24, 2023
The body of an unnamed man who went missing while paddle boarding in a pond behind Barack Obama’s vineyard estate on Martha’s Vineyard was recently discovered.
It was reported that the 43-year-old was out with another paddle boarder in Edgartown Great Pond, Massachusetts, before he eventually went missing on Sunday evening. Emergency crews were dispatched to Obama’s residence.
Witnesses say that the man went underwater but then briefly reappeared before sinking once more as he struggled to stay afloat at around 7:46 p.m.
A massive joint-agency search was scheduled for Sunday night in hopes of discovering the man’s body. He was last seen wearing all black attire without a life jacket.
Edgartown Police sent out a statement at around 10 p.m. on Sunday to alert locals.
“EPD is assisting multiple agencies searching for a missing adult male paddle boarder in Edgartown Great Pond,” the alert stated.
“Please remain away from this area and allow emergency responders to perform their search.”
EPD is assisting multiple agencies searching for a missing adult male paddle boarder in Edgartown Great Pond. Please remain away from this area and allow emergency responders to perform their search.
— Edgartown Police (@edgartownpolice) July 24, 2023
The U.S. Coast Guard, Edgartown Fire, Air Wing, Dukes County Sheriff’s Department, and a few detectives were all apart of the search team working to find his missing body.
Professional divers later discovered the man’s remains in eight-foot-deep water around 100 feet away from shore at 10 a.m. on Monday.
The incident’s location reported to dispatch was at the former president’s property on Martha’s Vineyard. However, Obama owns several homes, and it is not clear whether or not he was currently residing at the estate at the time of the drowning.
The man has not been identified and no further details have been disclosed as of July 24, 2023 at 2:36 p.m. PST.
This is a developing story.
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