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Search for missing Hawaii man in Lake Tahoe now a recovery operation

  • COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA

    Marc Ho Chio Ma, 21, an Iolani School graduate and defensive end for University of Nevada’s Wolf Pack football team, was reported missing while paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe on Friday.

RENO, Nev.>>Rescue crews have called off the search for a University of Nevada, Reno football player from Hawaii who went missing in Lake Tahoe.

Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin said Saturday that 20-year-old Marc Ma was presumed drowned.

Ma had been on a paddle board trip with several football players Friday afternoon when the group encountered strong winds off Lake Tahoe’s west shore. Ma’s board was found adrift.

Ma, of Honolulu, is listed on the Nevada Wolf Pack website as a sophomore who plays defensive end.

Placer County officials say they will continue looking for Ma, but the search is now considered one of recovery, not rescue.

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