“Search efforts continued today for missing person Mark Ma. Mark was with several University of Nevada, Reno, football players yesterday on a paddle board trip at Lake Tahoe’s west shore. The group found themselves in trouble about 1.7 miles offshore, as high winds caused 3- to 5-foot swells. Mark Ma was the most experienced paddle boarder. Everyone else in the group had been washed off their boards. Mark headed back to shore to get help. Obexer’s Marina staff saw the group was in danger and headed out to rescue them. While heading toward the group they saw Mark by his paddle board to the north of the marina, toward the Homewood buoy field. After rescuing the group they returned to where they had seen Mark. They found his board adrift and Mark was missing.
An extensive search was conducted by the United States Coast Guard, the Placer, Washoe and El Dorado County Sheriff’ s Offices, North Tahoe, Washoe and Meeks Bay Fire. The search efforts include shoreline and lake searching using water vessels and air support.
Mark was only wearing swim trunks and was not wearing a personal floatation device.
Today efforts are ongoing and a specific plan is being developed to use allied agencies and specialized side-scan sonar equipment for operations at the point last seen, which is approximately 150- to 300-feet deep. Allied agency divers will have to acclimate to the altitude before they can participate in further operations.” – Placer County Sheriff’s Office, today