Confusion is mounting among the Gambian community in California after a US-based Gambian man went missing in an apparent shark attack on the coast of Point Reyes National Seashore.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the man is identified as one Felix Louis Syl N’jai, an avid kiteboarder from Gambia.
N’jai, 52, hasn’t been seen since friends saw him pulled underwater at Wildcat Beach on Sunday morning in a possible shark attack, prompting a multiday search in water and on land, the LA Times reported.
The Gambian community and friends of N’jai are now mourning him.
“It’s heartbreaking on so many different levels,” said Awa Dabo, a lifelong friend who grew up with N’jai in Gambia and now lives in the U.S.
“He was full of life,” said Dabo, 52. “He was the type of friend who was always there to support you. He was Mr. Positive — I’ve known him for 42 years, and I’ve never known him to say a bad thing about anybody.”
“You don’t really know how special someone is until something like this happens, but with Syl, I always knew he was special,” Dabo told the LA Times.
According to the LA Times, the search for N’jai was still underway, and there is no immediate update from the authorities.