The Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday confirmed a body found on the shore at Venice Beach was identified as Gaspard's, three days after he went missing, NBC News reports.
"When last seen by the lifeguard, a wave had crashed over Mr. Shad Gaspard and he was swept out to sea," authorities said. A lifeguard "was going to try to rescue both" Gaspard and his 10-year-old son, Chief Ken Haskett told NBC. "But the father, in his last few words, said, 'Save my son.'" Gaspard's son made it back to shore after Gaspard pushed him toward the lifeguard and was then "pushed back down under a wave," Haskett said.