“When last seen by the lifeguard, a wave had crashed over Mr. Shad Gaspard and he was swept out to sea,” the department said.
The same message appeared on the wrestler’s Instagram. One of the photos showed Gaspard in a swimsuit standing on a beach.
Pono Barnes, ocean lifeguard specialist with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told CNN that two swimmers got caught in a rip current Sunday, and one, a young boy, was rescued.
Gaspard’s family issued a statement Tuesday thanking the first responders who saved his 10-year-old son, Aryeh, and who continue to search for the wrestler.
“Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad,” the Gaspard family said in a statement to CNN.
The US Coast Guard, Los Angeles County lifeguards and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are all looking for the swimmer, said Trina Schrader, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.
“Weather permitting we’ll look for him in the air,” Schrader added. “We’re using all resources to try to recover him as soon as possible.”