Search suspended for Iolani School graduate reported missing in Lake Tahoe

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LAKE TAHOE, NEV. (AP) — Authorities suspended the search Saturday for a University of Nevada, Reno football player who went missing in Lake Tahoe while paddle boarding.

KOLO-TV reports that the Placer County Sheriff’s Office says it has exhausted all its options in the search for 20-year-old Marc Ma of Honolulu, who went missing Friday, June 10.

The sheriff’s office told the station they are waiting for special search teams that use sonar, which could take two or three days.

Marc Ma (Photo from University of Nevada, Reno Athletics Dept.)

According to a news release, Ma was on a paddle board trip with several football players Friday afternoon.

The group was paddle boarding off Lake Tahoe’s west shore when they encountered strong winds.

Ma’s board was found adrift.

Ma, who is a 2014 graduate of Iolani School, is listed on the Nevada Wolf Pack website as a sophomore who plays defensive end.

The University of Nevada, Reno Athletics Dept. posted a statement from Wolf Pack head football coach Brian Polian Saturday:

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is calling this search one of recovery, not rescue. As such, it is with an incredibly heavy heart that we acknowledge the loss of Marc Ma, a beloved member of our Wolf Pack family.Laura and I spent time at the lake today with Marc’s parents, Michele and Michael, and our thoughts and prayers are with Marc’s entire family and friends in Hawaii and with those close to him here in Reno. We share in their devastation and will support them in any way we can. We are thankful for the courageous efforts of search personnel.Marc was a very special young man and it was an honor to work with him. He was universally liked and respected by his teammates, coaches and staff. Marc excelled in the classroom and had grown by leaps and bounds in the weight room and on the football field. His easy smile and cheerful demeanor belied a fierce competitive nature that would emerge in practice and excite our team.Our team has lost a friend and a brother and we are hurting right now. I have no doubt that we will rally together to love and support one another in manner that will honor Marc’s memory.

A statement from Iolani School was released later Saturday:

“Our entire ‘Iolani community is deeply heartbroken and saddened over the news of Marc’s accident. He was a tremendously talented student athlete who inspired his classmates, teachers, and coaches. He never stopped chasing his dream of playing Division I football. ‘Iolani football coach Wendell Look has only the finest things to say about Marc including that Marc always put others ahead of himself even until the very end.”

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