Update: Body of Missing Student Found South Of Shell Key

St. Pete Beach, Fla.(970 WFLA) 

St. Petersburg, Fla. (970 WFLA)- The body of 21 year old Colorado State University student Jie Luo  has been recovered.  

On March 14th,  Luo and Andrew Dillman were swept away after Luo had jumped off a charter boat in rough seas near the north end of Shell Key and 27 year old Andrew Dillman,  a crewman from the boat  jumped in to try to help Luo get back to the boat.  

Wednesday night, about 6:25, a boater spotted Luo's body near Bunces Pass, just south of Shell Key. 

Dillman's body was recovered off Egmount Key on March 20th.

St. Petersburg, Fla.(970 WFLA)-March 17- The Coast Guard suspended their search Thursday at 7:41 p.m. for two men missing near the Pass-a-Grille channel entrance since Tuesday.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a report Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. from the captain of the Jaguar, a 71-foot yacht, stating Andrew Dillman, 27, from New York, and Jie Luo, 21, from China, were missing from the boat.

Fifteen college students chartered the yacht for the day.   When the yacht anchored at Shell Key, five students, including Luo, reportedly jumped from the boat to swim. The current pulled the students from the boat, and all but Luo were able to make it back to the boat.   Dillman, a crew member aboard the yacht, jumped in to rescue Luo and was also separated from the boat.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jie Luo and Andrew Dillman," said Capt. Holly Najarian, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg commander. "Suspending a search is the most difficult decision I have to make in my position, and despite our best efforts, we were unable to reunite Andrew and Jie with their families."

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducted 39 searches totaling 80 aircraft and surface hours and covering more than 1,577 square miles - an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.

The incident is currently under investigation.

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