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Barack Obama’s Personal Chef Suffers a Tragic End to His Life During Paddle-boarding

Published 08/10/2023, 6:25 AM EDT

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There are people for whom waters are a nightmare. On the other hand, some people love the deep blue seas. There is some adrenaline rush while diving deep inside or even floating on the surface. However, no matter how good or beautiful the waters look, they’re always a very dangerous place to be without safety equipment. Sometimes, even the safety equipment is not enough when the sea or the ocean is at its best.

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Paddleboarding has recently become a very continuous thing in Massachusetts. Many shops are providing them at a very reasonable cost, and this is the reason people are trying their hand at it. Tafari Campbell, who was a personal chef for the Obama family, also lost his life during one such paddleboarding incident.

A chef loses his life during paddleboarding


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Tafari Campbell, who was a personal chef to the Obama family, lost his life during a paddleboarding incident. He was trying his paddleboard in Edgartown’s Great Pond, which was in Maratha’s Vineyard. The event happened near the Obama residence. One of the eyewitnesses told the authorities that he saw Campbell going deep into the water. Then he tried to survive and struggled for a bit but eventually ended up deep inside the waters.

After this incident, the authorities went on to search for the body, and the Coast Guard, after a lot of trouble, found Campbell’s body around 10 AM the next day. His body was 30 m away from the shore and was submerged 2 1/2 m underwater. The Obama family expressed their condolences for Campbell, mentioning him as a “beloved part of our family.” Many people have lost their lives recently during paddleboarding incidents. The Water Sports Foundation, an organization which spreads awareness against irresponsible behaviour in waters, had some reports about this.


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The Water Sports Foundation recorded 200 and above paddlesport casualties in 2020. The organization addressed the whole casualty situation. They released the statement: “Most of the deaths are happening because people don’t have much information and safety guidelines about paddleboarding. They don’t have experience in handling it as well. One of the major reasons is the availability of these paddleboards at a very low cost. These inflatable paddle boards, which are set at a cheaper rate, are not that safe in the water. They have a very thick surface which is very difficult to grab if you fall off from it.”

According to the recent reports shared by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4000 U.S individuals are involved with paddle-boarding mishaps every year. In every case, the major cause of death remains drowning.

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Campbell was 45 at the time of his demise. His tragic death sets an alert for others to be aware of the dangers involved in this kind of activity. If someone wants to try paddleboarding, they should either opt for a guide or have much experience in handling it before they go into the middle of the ocean, which is a very dangerous part of the water.

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