Man Missing After Reported Shark Attack in California Identified as Tech CEO, Friends Say

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Felix Louis-Njai interviewed for a Oregon Public Broadcasting video .Photograph:

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Buddies are remembering a person who went lacking final week following an obvious shark assault close to Level Reyes Nationwide Seashore in California.

Kite surfer and tech CEO Felix Louis N’jai, 52, is being honored as somebody who “introduced pure pleasure, love, and lightweight in all places he went,” family members advised native Fox affiliate KTVU.

N’jai, who has not been publicly recognized by police because the lacking swimmer, was within the water at Wildcat Seaside final week whereas celebrating a marriage, in accordance with his buddies.

Jim Keenan advised NBC Bay Space {that a} shark “supposedly” grabbed N’jai by the neck and took him down, as his buddies — together with the groom — “rushed out of the water.”

N’jai is the CEO of tech incubator Eniac Labs, in accordance with his LinkedIn.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that he got here to the U.S. to check laptop engineering on the College of Pennsylvania, and would kite surf in each San Fransisco and Oregon each summer time. He was even coaching to compete for Gambia within the Paris 2024 Olympics, buddies advised the shops.

Though a seek for the lacking swimmer continues to be ongoing, the Nationwide Park Service scaled again search efforts as of Thursday, per KTVU.

NPS didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for touch upon Friday.

NPRS, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Marin County Sheriff’s Workplace, and Marin County Fireplace Division started a search and rescue mission for the lacking man over the weekend, per The Mercury Information.

When first responders arrived on the scene, the 2 swimmers who had been with the person mentioned they had been about 25 to 50 yards from the shore when he went below, in accordance with CBS affiliate KPIX-TV. Additionally they reported seeing a big pool of blood within the water, in accordance with CBS affiliate KPIX-TV.

Swimming is usually discouraged within the tough waters off the coast of Marin County, though shark assaults within the space are uncommon, authorities mentioned.

National Park Service sign for Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States of America
Nationwide Park Service signal for Level Reyes Nationwide Seashore.

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A longtime pal advised KTVU that “Felix was every part to each one in every of his buddies.”

“We’re all attempting to emulate a little bit extra Felix into our life — be a little bit bit extra compassionate and loving towards folks,” pal Steve Bodner added whereas talking with the Chronicle. “Oftentimes, I wished to surrender and I noticed Felix and continued to do it and he was an actual mentor.”

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