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911 call was made from Obama's mansion in Martha's Vineyard regarding the former president's personal chef who drowned while paddleboarding: UPDATE
Former President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event for Georgia Democrats on October 28, 2022 in College Park, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

911 call was made from Obama's mansion in Martha's Vineyard regarding the former president's personal chef who drowned while paddleboarding: UPDATE

Update: The missing paddle boarder has been identified as 45-year-old Tafari Campbell, reported to be a married father of twins who worked as a private chef at the Obamas' residence on Martha's Vineyard. This story has been updated to provide Campbell's correct age at the time of his death and to include a statement from former President Obama and his wife, Michelle.

A paddle boarder went missing on a pond in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, over the weekend, and reports indicate that the 911 call regarding the missing man came from an estate owned by former President Barack Obama.

Just after 7:45 p.m. on Sunday evening, law enforcement received reports of a man who had gone missing while paddleboarding on Edgartown Great Pond, an 890-acre body of water on Martha's Vineyard. Obama's $12 million waterfront property on the island, which he purchased in 2019, is located on Edgartown Great Pond, and a 911 call regarding the man reportedly came from the Obamas' mansion. It is unclear whether the former president, 61, or any member of his family was visiting the residence at the time.

According to reports, 45-year-old Campbell had been wearing all black, a hat, and no life jacket when he began drowning. His male companion claimed that the victim went underwater in the area of Turkeyland Cove and briefly resurfaced but struggled to keep himself above water. He then disappeared under the surface around 7:46 p.m., the companion said.

Members of various law enforcement and emergency rescue teams were dispatched to the pond to locate the missing chef. Crews worked for hours that night, managing to find the Campbell's hat and paddleboard but not the man himself. They eventually paused their search efforts until the morning.

Sadly, at around 10 a.m. on Monday, divers with the Massachusetts State Police Underwater Recovery Unit located Campbell's body using "side-scan sonar from a boat." The remains were found and recovered about 100 feet from shore in an area of the pond that is approximately eight feet deep, a statement from the Massachusetts State Police said.

According to the Daily Mail, the area of the pond known as Wilson's Landing, which had served as a command post during the rescue and recovery, has since been reopened. The Secret Service and the Obama Foundation did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail's request for comment.

Former President Obama and his wife, Michelle, have a released a statement about Campbell's death: "Tafari was a beloved part of our family. When we first met him, he was a talented sous chef at the White House — creative and passionate about food, and its ability to bring people together. In the years that followed, we got to know him as a warm, fun, extraordinarily kind person who made all of our lives a little brighter."

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Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil

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