PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Two men, together with a Colorado Condition College student, went missing throughout a boating trip on Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard stated.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office stated 15 students from CSU were around the 71-feet charter yacht within the Pass-A-Grille Funnel off Covering Key close to the Gulf.
Five from the male students went swimming as the boat was moored, however they experienced a powerful current that pulled them.
Four from the students could go swimming to the yacht, but 21-year-old Jie Lou couldn’t.
A crew member, 27-year-old Andrew Dillman of recent You are able to, leaped in to the choppy water to assist Jie, but both were then reported missing about 6:10 p.m. EDT.
Neither was putting on a flotation device.
The Coast Guard stated 22 searches covering 419 square miles happen to be conducted in the quest for the boys.
"Our hearts visit the household and buddies of Andrew and Jie in this hard time,Inch stated Lt. Jason Holstead, the command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. "We continue work carefully with this partners to look for Andrew and Jie. All people have them as well as their family within our ideas and hopes."
Several motorboats along with a helicopter take part in looking through the sheriff’s office, the Coast Guard and also the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
"(W)e are extremely concerned to listen to of what is happening in Florida," a CSU spokesman stated.
"The ideas and hope in our CSU community are suitable for the security in our students involved with this incident, using the missing student and charter mate member and families and buddies of individuals involved, but for the safety of save crews who take part in looking.Inch