Body found in water near Obama mansion in Martha's Vineyard, Daily Mail reports 911 call came from their home
· Jul 24, 2023 ·

The body of a 43-year-old black man was found in an oceanside "pond" that borders the palatial oceanside estate belonging to former President Barack Obama in Martha's Vineyard on Monday.

The man had reportedly been paddleboarding on the Edgartown Great Pond in the ultra-wealthy Massachusetts town and disappeared under the water shortly before 8 p.m. He was reportedly without a lifejacket and wearing all black.

The Daily Mail reports that the 911 call to report him missing actually came from the Obama residence, though this has not been verified.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Martha's Vineyard last night. It's understood that the 911 call and dispatch address for the incident came from Obama's Martha's Vineyard home. It's unclear if he is currently staying at the estate

There is no known link at this time between the Obamas and the deceased man.

His board was recovered overnight, but it took until 10 a.m. on Monday for search and rescue to locate his body.

It is unclear how the man drowned in the body of water, which is separated from the Atlantic with only a small channel joining it to the ocean.

More from The Daily Mail:

Massachusetts State Police said: 'Shortly before 10 AM the body of the missing paddle boarder was recovered from Edgartown Great Pond by Massachusetts State Police divers.

'MSP Underwater Recovery Unit divers made the recovery after the victim's body was located by a 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 approximately 100 feet from shore at a depth of about eight feet.

'The investigation into the fatality is being conducted by the State Police Detective Unit for the Cape and Islands District and Edgartown Police.'

The US Coast Guard, Edgartown Fire, Air Wing, detectives, and Dukes County Sheriff's Department were all part of the rescue mission.

They were using divers and boats with side-scan sonar in a bid to find the paddleboarder. Detectives were on the scene - as well as USCG helicopter crews.

A command post was set up at Wilson's Landing, which is across the narrow Cove from Obama's mansion.

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