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'Iolani graduate, Nevada football player presumed dead in Lake Tahoe incident

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Twenty-year-old Marc Ma, an 'Iolani School graduate and football player at the University of Nevada, has been presumed dead after an apparent paddleboarding incident at Lake Tahoe, according to the University of Nevada and media reports.

"It's with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the loss of Marc Ma, a beloved member of our football team," reads a post on the University's official Twitter account. 

According to local media reports, Ma went missing on Friday afternoon while paddleboarding with friends approximately 1.7 miles offshore in Lake Tahoe. The group was reportedly hit by large swells, causing them to be washed off their boards.  

ABC affiliate KOLO reports that Ma, as the most experienced paddleboarder of the group, got back on his board and began to paddle to shore for help. Staff at a nearby marina had reportedly seen the distress and headed out to help.

They were able to rescue the other members of the group, KOLO says, but attempts to locate Ma were initially unsuccessful. His paddleboard was later recovered.

The search for Ma continued until Saturday afternoon, when the Placer County Sheriff's Office reportedly suspended their search for the man.

Brian Polian, the head coach of the University of Nevada football team, released the following statement:

"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."

We will have more information on this developing story as soon as it becomes available.

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