Body of yacht crew member who tried to save student found

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By: Associated Press
March 20, 2017

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities in Florida say they've recovered the body of a yacht crew member who attempted to rescue a college student in choppy Tampa Bay-area waters last week.

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office news release says a boater reported a body floating about 3 miles west of Egmont Key on Monday. The body was later identified as 27-year-old Andrew Dillman of New York.

Dillman and 21-year-old Jie Luo of China had been missing since Tuesday evening. Authorities say 15 Colorado State University students chartered the yacht, and Luo was among five who jumped from the boat to swim.

Authorities said Dillman jumped into the water when he saw Luo was struggling in the swift currents. Neither man wore a flotation device.

The Coast Guard ended its search Friday. Luo's body has not yet been recovered.


By: Associated Press
March 15, 2017

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities in Florida are searching for a college student on spring break and a charter boat crew member who went missing in turbulent Tampa Bay-area waters.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said 15 Colorado State University students were on a charter boat anchored Tuesday evening off Shell Key when five male students went swimming off its side.

Four students made it back. Coast Guard officials said Wednesday a crew member saw the fifth student struggling and jumped into the water to help.

The Coast Guard identified the crew member as 27-year-old Andrew Dillman of New York, and the student as 21-year-old Jie Lou of China.

Deputies told the Tampa Bay Times that neither man wore a flotation device.

Colorado State University spokesman Mike Hooker expressed concern for the students and Dillman in a statement Wednesday.




 
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