The search for the South Lake Tahoe paddle boarder who went missing Aug. 13 has officially been suspended by the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard stated in a news release that it began its search after a paddle board was reported adrift near the Timber Cove Marina in Lake Tahoe. The search included efforts from five different law enforcement agencies and lasted about 18 hours.
The Coast Guard reports that the paddle board was a rental from a South Lake Tahoe stand-up paddle board rental company. Photos from a Go-Pro camera discovered with the board determined that the missing paddle boarder was a Caucasian male identifying himself as "Morym." He paid with cash and left no identification with the rental company.
"Suspending a search is always a difficult decision and only made after carefully evaluating the search efforts as a whole," said Capt. Patrick Nelson, deputy commander, Sector San Francisco in a Coast Guard news release. “We searched as long as our resources could, all the way up to their maximum weather parameters today. This was a very challenging case with a lot of ambiguity in regards to the identity of this individual and whether he was still on the water.”
South Lake Tahoe Police and the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office will continue shore side search efforts. The Coast Guard asks that anyone with information regarding the search contact the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 530-542-6100 or the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center at 415-399-7300.